British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley said Monday that he could not condemn the actions of soccer fans who stormed Manchester United’s stadium in protest against the club’s owners, leading to the postponement of its game against Liverpool.
“We can’t condemn the images we’ve seen of the stadium storming,” Cleverley told Sky News.
“We have to understand the frustration of fans, not just Manchester United fans, but many clubs,” he added.
United’s Premier League match with Liverpool on Sunday was postponed after United fans took to the pitch and stormed Old Trafford in protest against the club’s own Glazer family.
The game was reportedly held in front of empty stands due to Corona restrictions, but that didn’t stop scenes of chaos inside and outside Old Trafford, which resulted in an officer being injured with a bottle, according to a statement from Greater Manchester Police.
There is no indication of the new date of the match, and second-placed German United had to win, in order to deny Manchester City the crown on Sunday.
The planned protests come after United’s decision to join the European Super League, along with five other English clubs.
The plans for this separatist competition collapsed in a few days, after widespread opposition.