Manchester United have debunked reports that their club staff allowed protesters into Old Trafford on Sunday.
Angry fans stormed into Old Trafford ahead of United premier league game against Liverpool to protest against clubs owners, the Glazier family.
Over a thousand fans protested outside of Old Trafford on Sunday, and hundreds broke into the ground.
Two police officers were injured during the demonstration, with one hospitalised after “sustaining a significant slash wound to his face”, according to Greater Manchester Police.
Some protesters gathered outside the team’s hotel – The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, where the United team were staying before the game
Manchester United fans who were already unhappy with the Glazier family’s sixteen-year ownership of the club, registered their anger following the club’s involvement with the collapsed European Super League.
According to Sky Sports, Manchester United say protestors gained access to Old Trafford by breaking through barriers and security, before climbing gates and forcing access via a side door. They also say the door of a disability access lift was broken.
The protests led to United’s game against Liverpool on Sunday being postponed. The club are now working with police to identify anyone involved in criminal activity and say they will sanction any season ticket holder or member who are found to have been involved.
“Following events yesterday, while many fans wanted to exercise their right to protest and express their opinion peacefully, some were intent on disrupting the team’s preparation and the game itself, as evidenced by activity at the Lowry Hotel and at the stadium,” read a statement from the club.
“Reports in mainstream and social media that protesters were able to access the stadium and pitch via a gate opened by club staff are completely incorrect.
“After breaking through barriers and security on the forecourt, some protestors climbed the gates at the end of the Munich tunnel, then forced access to a side door in the stand, before opening an external door that let others through to the concourse area and the pitch.
“A second breach occurred when a protestor smashed the door of a disability access lift, enabling a group to enter the stand.
“The majority of our fans have and will condemn criminal damage, along with any violence towards club staff, police or other fans, and these now become a police matter.
“The club has no desire to see peaceful protestors punished, but will work with the police to identify those involved in criminal activity, and will also issue its own sanctions to any season ticket holder or member identified, per the published sanctions policy.
“Information on the rescheduling of the game and any possible implication on other fixtures will be announced after discussion and agreement with the Premier League.
“We remain committed to dialogue and engagement with our fans through the Fans Forum and other appropriate channels.”