The Premier League has postponed a match between Manchester United and Liverpool which was set for Old Trafford on Saturday evening after fans breached security at the Stadium and invaded the pitch and dressing rooms.
Hundreds of fans got into the stadium ahead of the behind-closed-doors contest, which was originally scheduled for a 4.30 pm BST kick-off before being delayed and then called off completely.
Manchester United fans were protesting against the owners, the Glazers over their club’s role as one of the founder members of the proposed breakaway European Super League.
In a statement, the Premier League said the decision to postpone the match was reached together with the police, both clubs and local authorities.
The Premier League said a rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course. The statement says:
Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game has been postponed. This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.
The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remain of paramount importance. We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches.
Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.
We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football. The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.