Things got wild across the pond on Sunday. Famed English Premier League soccer club Manchester United was getting set to take on Liverpool in a massive match. Little did they know that an organized protest outside of Old Trafford would spill onto the pitch.
Fans of Man U broke into the stadium and stormed the field as part of a protest against the club’s American ownership.
It was a chaotic scene, to say the least.
— BBC RM Sport (@BBCRMsport) May 2, 2021
This was the scene earlier inside Old Trafford after protesters go into the stadium pic.twitter.com/zAArQkDLDA
— BBC Merseyside Sport (@bbcmerseysport) May 2, 2021
— Gez (@Gezz_MUFC) May 2, 2021
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) May 2, 2021
If the protestors’ goal was to get their voices and cause trending on social media, mission accomplished. #GlazersOut took Twitter by storm both during and after Sunday’s events.
Despite Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleading for the protests to be peaceful beforehand, punches were reportedly thrown in the melee outside of Old Trafford.
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Inside Old Trafford, flares were shot off as the protestors gathered with voices and signs alike to speak out against the team’s ownership.
One protestor even decided to hang out on top of the net. That perch didn’t turn out to be a safe one.
Dude was chillin on the net at old trafford, another person kicked a ball into the net and knocked him off 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/gQDCWZtkoH
— Kyle Caldarelli (@KAC443) May 2, 2021
Hey, I had to try and slip some humor into this wild story somehow!
Sunday’s scheduled match against Liverpool was ultimately canceled due to safety concerns.
OFFICIAL: Manchester United vs Liverpool has been postponed.
United fans broke into Old Trafford and stormed the field in a protest against the club's ownership. pic.twitter.com/cQeWf3YOsj
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 2, 2021
All of this disgruntlement stems from opposition to the Glazer family, who have been the owners of Man U since 2005. Joel and Avram Glazer serve as the co-chairmen of the team.
The purchase of the team sent the club spiraling into debt, something that many fans have been outspoken about ever since.
One of the protesters outside Manchester United stadium Old Trafford says the protest "isn't just about the European Super League", adding that the Glazer family, which has controlled the club since 2005, "need to go".
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 2, 2021
The discontent with the Glazers has gained momentum in recent weeks after the club failed to form part of a breakaway European Super League. The Guardian reported back in 2018 that the Glazers’ ownership has drained more than 1 billion pounds out of the club in interest charges.
The Glazer family also owns the reigning NFL Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.