The northwest derby between Manchester United and Liverpool FC will now officially not be played today, according to an announcement from the Premier League. The match had already been postponed after fans protesting the ownership of the Glazer family streamed into the stadium and onto the field in two waves. It was reported that several of the cameras used for broadcasts had been smashed, leading to a lot of hand wringing from the same broadcasters who were quite happy to side with the fans decrying the European Super League.
Manchester United and the Premier League have released statements stating that the match will not be played today due to “unsafe conditions”. The statement from the Premier League is as follows:
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 remains 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.
With the season almost over, and Manchester United still involved with the Europa League, there are very few dates where the match could be rescheduled. In all likelihood, the game will likely have to be played tomorrow if the stadium is determined to be “safe”.