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Man Utd dodge FA rap after Liverpool clash was KO’d by fans storming Old Trafford in anti-Glazer protest

MANCHESTER UNITED have escaped any punishment for failing to play their Premier League game against Liverpool because protesting fans stormed Old Trafford.

The crucial clash on May 2 was postponed after hundreds of supporters staging a protest against the Glazer ownership of United took advantage of poor security to break into the stadium.

Covid-19 security was compromised as a result and officials were left with no choice but to abandon any thoughts of getting the match played amid fears for player safety.

It meant the Premier League were forced to reschedule a series of matches and ordered United to play Leicester and Liverpool within the space of 48 hours – playing a crucial role in the outcome of the battle for Champions League football.

League bosses launched an enquiry amid widespread condemnation at the apparent lack of precautions United had taken to ensure the game would be played.

Lack of stewards and underestimating fan numbers was criticised, and the scale of the operation for the replayed game showed how more thought had been put into ensuring safety.

But having studied the reports and explanations provided by United, the Prem bosses have decided that United will not face any action.

And because no charges are being made it is understood the League have also decided not to make any formal statement over their decision.

Last month saw United threaten protestors with a stadium ban and criminal charges ahead of their Old Trafford stalemate with Fulham.

United’s chief operating Collette Roche said: “Matchday at Old Trafford will be slightly different for those fans who have been successful in the ballot for the Fulham game.

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“This is all designed to keep people as safe as possible and set us in good stead for welcoming larger crowds back next season and we are confident fans will understand the need for these procedures as a result.

“While some things will change, it’s important to stress that our usual ground regulations remain in place. 

“We remind everyone that inconsiderate, reckless or anti-social behaviour by anyone visiting Old Trafford will not be tolerated. 

“Club sanctions will apply for the use of flares within the stadium and any pitch incursions or vandalism will result in criminal prosecution.

“Our aim is to ensure that the match passes peacefully and that fans with tickets get to enjoy their return to Old Trafford.”

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