The violence that broke out at Manchester United on Sunday was “totally unacceptable” and should be condemned “in the strongest possible terms”, police officials said.
Two officers were injured including one who needed emergency treatment for a “major facial injury” after being attacked with a bottle at Old Trafford, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.
The violence occurred during protests before UnitedLiverpool’s scheduled game against Liverpool, which eventually had to be postponed for security reasons.
The FA told Sky Sports News they are reviewing the events leading up to the report and are in liaison with the club, the Premier League and the security authorities.
Images have been posted on social media showing the injured officer with a cut to his cheek.
Writing on Twitter, GMP Superintendent JP Ruffle said the footage showed an officer from the force’s specialized operations team.
“Absolute shame, disgusting scenes,” he wrote.
“No officer should under any circumstances be subjected to such vile and unnecessary violence.”
Several hundred fans breached security and stormed the pitch to protest the club’s US owners.
Outside the stadium, police said there were more than 1,000 supporters. Most were protesting peacefully, but a group started throwing bottles and barriers at the police and horses.
Stu Berry, chief of the Greater Manchester Police Federation, said the officers were not …
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This notice was published: 2021-05-03 07:07:00