Police condemn ‘reckless’ Manchester United protest as two officers are injured

Soccer Football - Manchester United fans protest against their owners before the Manchester United v Liverpool Premier League match - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - May 2, 2021 General view of Police Officers as Manchester United fans protest against their owners outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Manchester United fans protest against their owners before the Manchester United v Liverpool Premier League match - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - May 2, 2021 General view of Police Officers as Manchester United fans protest against their owners outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

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Two police officers were injured during clashes with Manchester United fans outside Old Trafford on Sunday, Greater Manchester Police have said.

In a statement, assistant chief constable Russ Jackson condemned the protest as “reckless and dangerous” and said the club’s match against Liverpool was postponed due to safety reasons.

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Around 1,000 protesters gathered outside the stadium to demonstrate against the club’s owners, the Glazer family, with another 200 attempting to block the team bus outside the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

A group of around 100 protesters gained entry onto the Old Trafford pitch while outside the ground, bottles and flares were thrown.


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Police condemn ‘reckless’ Manchester United protest as two officers are injured