May 13, 2021

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Premier League and FA contradict themselves over Man Utd points deduction

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Premier League and Football Association rules contradict themselves regarding a potential points deduction for Manchester United.

United ‘s match against Liverpool was postponed on Sunday after thousands of fans protested against the Glazer ownership at Old Trafford, with supporters twice breaking onto the pitch inside the stadium.

As a result, both clubs, along with the Premier League and Greater Manchester Police, opted to call the game off, leaving a headache for organisers to find a new slot in both clubs’ congested fixture schedule.

With the match postponed, the Premier League have launched an investigation into the incident and are querying how over 200 supporters got into the stadium.

According to the FA rulebook, under section 8.3.4, United could be found to have been at fault for the match not going ahead if they find the club’s security measures weren’t adequate, which would see Liverpool awarded the three points.

It reads: “In the event of a match being abandoned due to the conduct of one Club or its members or supporters the Board has the power to order that the match is not replayed and to award either one or three points to the Club not at fault.

“It cannot levy a financial penalty due to the conduct of a Club.”

However, due to police influence over the decision to postpone the game, Premier League law states that United could not be held accountable.

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Section L.12 states: “A League Match shall not be postponed or abandoned except: (L.12.1.) when on the date fixed for it to be played either the Home Club or the Visiting Club is competing in a competition permitted by Rules L.9.1, L.9.2, and L.9.3; (L.12.2.) with the approval of or on the instructions of the officiating referee; (L.12.3.) by order of the police; (L.12.4.) by order of any other authority exercising its statutory powers to that effect; or (L.12.5.) on the instructions of or with the prior written consent of the Board.”

Given both clubs were in agreement with the authorities to postpone the game, any sanctions, regarding points, seems unlikely.

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