Manchester United could be deducted points as Premier League and FA rules
contradict one another on postponements.
Over 200 fans stormed the ground as more supporters demonstrated outside,
with violence erupting in portions.
Most protested peacefully but there were incidents where police were attacked by
crowds, especially near the Lowry hotel where the team was staying.
With no assurances over safety regarding driving the team bus to the stadium,
for United or Liverpool, the decision was made to call the game off.
Now the FA are investigating the chaotic scenes to determine what punishment they
will hand out.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side currently sits second in the Premier League table on 67 points.
Leicester is third on 63 with Chelsea in the fourth Champions League spot a further
The chasing pack of Tottenham (56), West Ham (55), Liverpool (54), and Everton (52)
still hold hopes of creeping into the top four.
And their chances would receive a major boost depending on the severity of any
potential points deduction.
Should a deduction be imposed for next season, though, it could have an even bigger
impact on the race for the top four.
A fine, meanwhile, would not affect United’s performances on the pitch this season.
Thousands of Red Devils supporters marched outside Old Trafford in a planned protest
against the Glazer family who owns the club and was key players in the failed European
Super League plans.
But despite many voicing their anger peacefully, some yobs clashed with the police and
Video footage showed crash barriers being hurled at mounted police and doors getting
smashed in as the game was called off.
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness said someone ‘could have been killed’ as thugs lobbed
bottles and flares at him and his fellow Sky Sports pundits.
Protesters also stole Sky’s pitch-side cameras, a number of footballs, and corner flags.
While two police officers were also injured in the ugly clashes.