Man Utd gamers go away Lowry with police escort after violent anti-Glazer fan protests noticed Liverpool sport axed
The MANCHESTER UNITED players and employees needed a police escort when they finally left the team hotel after an afternoon of unprecedented fan protests.
Their Premier League clash against arch-rivals Liverpool was Postponed The police and both clubs have security concerns.
The players bring their luggage to the team coachPhoto credit: PA
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant Michael Carrick get on the busPhoto credit: PA
United received a police escort to leave the Lowry Hotel at 7:15 p.m.Photo credit: Eamonn and James Clarke
Neither player reached the stadium with demonstrations from 1 p.m., three and a half hours before kick-off.
A number of followers also appeared at the luxurious Lowry Hotel, where Manchester United stars stay before the big games.
The fans sang and lit torches next to the team bus waiting for the squad.
The players looked out the windows as the game was first delayed and then canceled.
And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his stars finally left and got into their team coaches around 7.15 p.m.
Solskjaer, assistant Michael Carrick, club captain Harry Maguire and the rest of the team were escorted from the hotel to their transport, which then received a police escort from the hotel.
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Police stand guard as the United stars leave the hotelPhoto credit: Reuters
The players seemed relaxed enough when they left the LowryPhoto credit: Reuters
It was a day for United captain Harry MaguirePhoto credit: PA
It came after hundreds of United fans broke into Old Trafford and stormed the pitch to protest against the club’s owners, the Glazer family.
Thousands also gathered in front of the famous old stadium, torches and bottles were thrown during the protest.
And a policeman was hospitalized after being “attacked with a bottle and sustaining a severe cut on his face.”
Protesters also entered the tunnel and dressing rooms as police and stewards battled to regain control.
A United statement said: “Following talks between the police, the Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our game against Liverpool has been postponed for security reasons in connection with today’s protest.
“Talks with the Premier League will now take place on a revised date for the game.
“Our fans love Manchester United and we fully recognize the right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest.
“However, we regret the disruption to the team and the actions that put other fans, staff and the police at risk.
“We thank the police for their support and we will assist them in later investigations.”
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Greater Manchester Police condemned the violence after confirming injuries to officers.
A police statement read: “Torches were released and bottles thrown at officers.
“Protesters outside Old Trafford became particularly aggressive and antagonistic towards the police before a group of around 100 people forced the floor and some United employees locked themselves in rooms.
“Those in the stadium were evicted by officers, but outside in the forecourt, hostility grew with bottles and barriers being thrown at officers and horses.
“Two policemen were injured, one policeman was attacked with a bottle and suffered a severe cut on his face, which required emergency hospital treatment.
“With hostility mounting, additional officers had to be deployed and officers from neighboring forces had to be brought in to assist the Greater Manchester officers.
“After talks with the Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, a joint decision was made to postpone the game for safety reasons.”
An estimated 10,000 fans gathered en masse in front of the Theater of Dreams to protest against the American owners of the club. After their failed plan to join the European Super League, frustrations came to a head.
The demonstration had been planned days in advance, and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleaded for a peaceful course.
The police had stopped working to alleviate the problems outside of Old TraffordThe police with batons were ready to take action against the problemsOld Trafford was getting ugly
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