Some angry Manchester United fans have broken into Old Trafford stadium and stormed the pitch, to stage a protest against the club’s owners.
Thousands of supporters had gathered outside, to demonstrate ahead of Liverpool’s visit this afternoon following the club’s failed attempt to join the controversial European Super League
Several hundred then broke down barriers, went into the stadium and ran onto the pitch – with some even climbing the goalposts.
Earlier, fans were also seen letting off flares and blocking the entrance to the team’s hotel in Manchester.
After initially not being able to get out of his car and into the ground, referee Michael Oliver has now managed to make his way inside, but the Premier League clash against Liverpool that was due to kick off at 4.30pm has been delayed.
Sky correspondent Frazer Maude said there was “no sign” of the players leaving their hotel yet – about half an hour after they normally would have left.
He said there was no reason for the match to be postponed on COVID safety reasons since the changing rooms were not accessed by supporters.
But, he added that ground staff would need to spend some time checking the pitch to ensure there were no sharp objects or remains of flares left behind by demonstrators.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had earlier backed fans’ right to protest but urged them to do it peacefully.
They are demanding change at the top of the club which has been in control of the Glazer family since 2005.
The anti-Glazer movement has gained huge momentum in recent weeks following their failed attempt in April to form part of a breakaway Super League. Fans are calling for them to relinquish control of the club.
Just days after the in-out debacle, Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer “apologised unreservedly” to fans.
He said: “We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.”
But his words did little to dampen their anger and the first demonstration formed outside Old Trafford.