May 13, 2021

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Manchester United respond to viral video with explanation over stadium breach

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Manchester United are aware of a video circulating online of fans entering Old Trafford on Sunday and insist it doesn’t show the full picture.

A video has been doing the rounds on social media that, it is claimed, shows stewards opening a door into the stadium as fans surge inside, during the protests against the Glazer family that caused the game against Liverpool to be postponed.

But United have clarified that the video doesn’t reflect what actually happened, with the breach coming some time earlier after fans had scaled metal gates and opened the stadium’s door from the inside.

The MEN has seen CCTV footage that confirms how the break-in happened.

The social media video comes some time later, with stewards shutting the open door to prevent more fans from reaching the concourse — and ultimately the pitch.

United maintained in a statement on Monday that staff did not open a gate to allow anyone inside.


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It said: “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 of the stadium happened some time later when a protester smashed the glass door of a disability access lift, with a group of fans then able to enter.

United’s statement added: “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 protestors 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.”

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