May 2, 2021 - Sports

In photos: Protests in stadium delay Manchester United game

A crowd of people hold signs
Fans holds up banners in protest of the Glazer family on May 2. Photo: Barrington Coombs/PA Images via Getty Images

Manchester United and Liverpool's Premier League clash was reportedly delayed Sunday after crowds of protestors broke into the stadium in opposition to the Glazer family's ownership of the Manchester-based team.

Why it matters: The protests are part of the ongoing fallout from the failed European Super League, a breakaway coalition of 12 of world soccer's biggest and richest clubs that would have upended soccer's structures and economics. The relationship between United fans and its American owners had already soured before the debacle.

Flashback: Manchester United co-chair Joel Glazer apologized in a letter to fans last week for the team's involvement in the proposed league, which fell apart just two days after being announced.

  • "You made very clear your opposition to the European Super League, and we have listened. We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right," Glazer said, per ESPN.
  • The apology was apparently rejected, the Guardian notes.
Protestors in a cloud of red smoke
Supporters try to force their way inside the stadium. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images
A person stands and waves their fist while standing inside a stadium, with colored smoke in the background
Supporters inside the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images
Officers wearing bright neon vests stand in front of protestors
A bottle is thrown as police move people away from the stadium. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images
Three women hold signs that read "Glazer Out"
Manchester United fans. Photo: Anthony Devlin/Offside via Getty Images
A large crowd of people
Supporters outside the Old Trafford stadium. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images
A person stands with their back to the camera while wearing a flag around their neck and red smoke is in the distance
Protesters at the stadium. Photo: Anthony Devlin/Offside via Getty Images
A crowd of people seen standing inside a stadium from a birds eye view
Supporters inside the stadium. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images
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