Man Utd get police escort to airport forward of flight to Italy for Roma Europa League conflict after safety breaches
MANCHESTER UNITED received a police escort to the airport when they flew to Italy for the Europa League semi-finals against Roma.
The Red Devils received the extra security just days after fans stormed Old Trafford in protest against the glasses, postponing Sunday’s Premier League game against Liverpool.
The Manchester United coach received a police escort to the airportPhoto credit: Eamonn and James Clarke
The bus was escorted by the police after security breaches in connection with fan protestsPhoto credit: Eamonn and James Clarke
In the case of demonstrators at the airport, there was an increased police presencePhoto credit: Eamonn and James Clarke
A police car followed the team bus heading for Manchester Airport.
It comes after rampaging fans prevented the squad from leaving their downtown Lowry hotel over the weekend as they tried to get their point across by not leaving with a police escort until around 7.15pm.
Around 200 made it onto the lawn in the Theater of Dreams when a police officer was hit in the face with a bottle thrown by a protester, torches were released and online vandalism spread.
Police confirmed that two officers were injured as violent clashes clouded the largely peaceful protests outside the stadium.
An estimated 10,000 gathered en masse outside of Old Trafford to protest against the club’s American owners, the Glazers, after the failed European Super League.
Protesters have caused a number of high profile security breaches and a group also came to Carrington on April 22nd.
The recent riots stem from widespread outrage caused by the greedy idea of the Super League.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to calm down angry fans at the club’s training complex after fans blocked the entrance with a banner that read “We decide when you play”.
Around 20 men bypassed the security precautions and made their way to the first team training ground, where they unveiled banners reading “Glazers out” and “51% MUFC 20”, referring to the German ownership of clubs that fans enjoy give a share in their club.
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Paul Pogba on the runway with employeesPhoto credit: Eamonn and James Clarke
Edinson Cavani at the airport after his double last weekPhoto credit: Eamonn and James Clarke
The discontent was sparked by the Super League debacle with co-chair Joel Glazer, which was quoted in the original Breakaway League press release. However, since the takeover in 2005, fans have always had a tense relationship with the club’s owners.
Fans could protest again with reports that they are planning further attacks. Further demonstrations are planned for the home game against Leicester on May 12, as well as possibly the newly arranged game in Liverpool.
The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) published an open letter to Joel Glazer accusing him and his family of “driving United into debt and falling” as they requested a greater say in decisions.
They also urged him to reply to them by Friday.
United face Roma in the Italian capital on Thursday by a sizeable four-goal lead after their 6-2 win at Old Trafford last week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will finally finish his semi-finals after losing FOUR on the go, even to Seville in the same competition last season.
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Fans stormed Old TraffordImage credit: AFP
Thousands gathered outside the stadium to express their feelings towards the American ownersPhoto credit: PA