May 15, 2021

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Manchester United issue statement on damage caused during Old Trafford protests

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Manchester United have denied claims club staff were responsible for letting supporters into Old Trafford during Sunday’s impassioned protests against the Glazer family.

Hundreds of fans poured into the stadium after an entrance was opened in the south-west corner but the club has denied the door was opened from the inside. A glass door of a disability lift was smashed to enable fans to gain access.

United intend to issue banning orders engaging in violence or criminal damage, but not necessarily to those who accessed the Old Trafford pitch. The club has again stressed the unruly mob was a minority of protesters.

The disruptions at Old Trafford and The Lowry Hotel on Sunday caused United’s visit of Liverpool to be postponed and the clubs, as well as the Premier League, are yet to settle on a date to reschedule the game.

“Following events yesterday, while many fans wanted to exercise their right to protest and express their opinion peacefully, some were intent on disrupting the team’s preparation and the game itself, as evidenced by activity at the Lowry Hotel and at the stadium.

“Reports in mainstream and social media that protesters were able to access the stadium and pitch via a gate opened by club staff are completely incorrect.

“After breaking through barriers and security on the forecourt, some protesters climbed the gates at the end of the Munich tunnel, then forced access to a side door in the stand, before opening an external door that let others through to the concourse area and the pitch.

“A second breach occurred when a protester smashed the door of a disability access lift, enabling a group to enter the stand.


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“The majority of our fans have and will condemn criminal damage, along with any violence towards club staff, police or other fans, and these now become a police matter.

“The club has no desire to see peaceful protesters punished, but will work with the police to identify those involved in criminal activity, and will also issue its own sanctions to any season ticket holder or member identified, per the published sanctions policy.

“Information on the rescheduling of the game and any possible implication on other fixtures will be announced after discussion and agreement with the Premier League.

“We remain committed to dialogue and engagement with our fans through the Fans Forum and other appropriate channels.”

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