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On Sunday, a classic of English football and one of the most anticipated matches in the Premier League was postponed: Man Utd vs Liverpool. The two rival teams with the most titles in England were unable to play each other because the match was canceled due to protests by hundreds of Red Devils fans.
Manchester United fans gathered outside the Old Trafford stadium hours before the match. Although the stadium was closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, about 200 fans managed to get in. Finally, after being delayed first, the Premier League decided to call off the match completely. They wrote in a statement that it was postponed “for safety reasons”.
The Premier League condemned all the “acts of violence, criminal damage, and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches” in a statement after the postponement was confirmed.
The organisation recognizes the right to protest but condemns acts that may have endangered police or match staff.
Reason for the Protests
The cause of fan protests is that they do not agree with the Glazer family, the current owners of the club. Since their arrival, the club has not won titles, and the worst thing is that their rivals are growing. Liverpool has won the Premiership and Champions League in the last two years. Manchester City is already a big European club and is in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
In this situation, the Red Devils fans called for a protest outside Old Trafford on Sunday.
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The American Glazer family also owns the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They have always kept their distance from the club’s fans since acquiring Manchester United in 2005, in a deal that left the club in debt.
At the protest, the fans, lighting flares, demanded the departure of the owners. They were rejecting the idea of the Super League and also were calling for 50+1 in the Premier League. This law is the one that applies in Germany and prevents large shareholders from owning clubs, thus ensuring fan participation.
“They’ve never met the fans,” complained one of the supporters of the club. “It’s time for them to go.”
New Date for The Match
Had Manchester United lost on Sunday, Manchester City would have been crowned Premier League champions. But with the cancellation of this match, Manchester City’s championship will have to wait until now.
The Red Devils have a busy fixture schedule this month. On 6 May they have a Europa League game against Roma, in addition to their Premier fixtures. Apart from this, Liverpool also has their commitments, so, for the time being, it is not yet known when the match will be scheduled.
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