Roy Keane says Man Utd have ‘best fans in world’ and insists protests come from ‘love’ as Liverpool game delayedJanuary 26, 2022
ROY KEANE said Manchester United have the ‘best fans in world’ and insisted the protest that saw their clash with Liverpool postponed came from ‘love’ for the club.
The Premier League clash was called off an hour after its propsed kick-off time as furious supporters protested both inside out outside Old Trafford.
Amid safety cancers, both clubs alongside police authorises decided to postpone the match.
The actions of United supporters came under question as they stormed the Old Trafford pitch, set off flairs and even threw bottles.
Greater Manchester Police condemned fans' actions as ‘reckless and dangerous’ as two officers were injured in skirmishes.
But ex-captain Keane admitted he felt sympathy for the fed up fanbase and joked the flair was aimed at Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.
He said on Sky Sports: "I think it's come to a tipping point for the United fans.
"It was peaceful, I think they threw one or two bottles and a couple of flares, I think that was towards Jamie to be fair!
"I think they've had enough, enough is enough for these United fans.
United have got some of the best fans in the world, a huge club.
"We've seen today that it's coming to an end, they're thinking enough is enough with the ownership of the club with the stuff over the last few weeks.
"There's stuff with the Super League, not being able to support the club here. Enough is enough now and the United fans want the Glazers out.
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Fellow pundit Graeme Souness was less than impressed after the broadcaster's box was targeted, insisting they could have been ‘dead or permanently scarred’.
Souness, 67, said: "Somebody threw a can of beer up here. If that hits you in the wrong place you're dead.
"A flare got thrown up here. If it hits one of us we are laying in a hospital bed permanently scarred with half a face."
Even after the angry supporters were moved on it was decided the game could not go ahead.
A United statement read: "Following discussion between the Police, The Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today.
"Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the fixture.
"Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest.
"However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger.
"We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations."
The Premier League said: "Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game has been postponed.
"This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.
"The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance.
"We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches.
"Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.
"We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.
The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course."
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