Police arrest 10 Man Utd fans in dawn raids over Old Trafford protests vs Liverpool

0
209

The arrests follow violent protests both inside and outside of Old Trafford on the day of Manchester United’s home fixture against Liverpool, which was subsequently postponed as a result

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

Man Utd: Solskjaer’s message to fans ahead of more protests

Police have arrested and raided the homes of 10 Manchester United fans due to their alleged involvement in the violent protests witnessed at Old Trafford in May.

United were scheduled to take on fierce rivals Liverpool at home on May 2, only for the game to be postponed and rearranged at a later date due to the huge disturbance and damage done by the protests.

Fans invaded the pitch before clashing with police outside the ground in distressing scenes which saw bottles and security barriers hurled through the air.

The protests were done to oppose the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, and their part to play in the failed European Super League proposal.

HAVE YOUR SAY! Should Manchester United have faced punishment as a club for the protests? Comment below

United, much like the five other members of the Premier League’s ‘big-six’, committed to the botched Super League project only to withdraw within 48 hours of first joining.

Due to the violent protests, police had warrants to conduct a number of early morning raids across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire.

10 men, aged between 20 and 51, have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and burglary, though they are not the first to be apprehended for their actions that afternoon.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that the raids conducted on Wednesday morning brings the total number of arrests to 18.

Over 1,000 people attended the protest at Old Trafford, while a further 200 sparked disorder outside the Lowry Hotel in Salford – where the United stars were staying before the game.

These arrests have been months in the making with detectives scouring through hours of stadium CCTV footage to identify the culprits.

Detective Inspector Andy Fallows of Greater Manchester Police’s major incident team explained: “The violence and disruption back in May, particularly towards the police, was completely unacceptable and unnecessary.

Should Manchester United invest heavily in their squad come January? Vote below

“Our team have been working day in, day out since May to ensure all those involved are identified and face up to the consequences of their actions.

“Today’s arrests are a significant step forward in our commitment to do so.”

Fallows went on to reveal that the arrests on Wednesday were by no means the end of the police investigation.

The GMP have also released images of 36 men they want to speak to in connection with the protests, as well as calling on anyone who may recognise them to get in touch with police.

“We’re also releasing images of men we’re keen to speak to and I am confident that there are people out there who will be able to provide us with credible information that will help us to identify them.

“If you have any information, or footage, that could assist our enquiries then please get in touch as soon as possible.”