Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, condemned a “minority” of Manchester United supporters for their role in Sunday’s protests, which injured two police officers.
Thousands of United fans gathered outside Old Trafford to protest against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club in the wake of the Super League collapse, with hundreds of supporters invading the pitch and numerous others preventing the team bus from reaching the stadium before a scheduled Premier League. game against Liverpool.
The meeting of the rivals, which was scheduled to start Sunday at 4:30 p.m., was canceled shortly before 5:45 p.m. A new date for the match has yet to be announced.
Greater Manchester Police said two policemen were injured in the “reckless and dangerous” protests, which were also condemned by United and the Premier League. One of the officers required emergency treatment, a statement said.
Burnham took to Twitter on Sunday to say he “fully understands” the concerns that have prompted United fans to protest, adding that it is “essential that those who run the club and the game listen to them”.
He wrote in a statement: “It is important to clarify that the majority of supporters demonstrated peacefully today. However, there is no excuse for the actions of a minority who have injured police officers and endangered the safety of others.
“This could be an important time to change football for the better. We must all condemn violence of any kind and stay focused on the behavior of those at the top of the game. “
PA contributed to this article.