Police officer given ’emergency hospital treatment’ with ‘significant slash wound to his face’ as Old Trafford protests from Manchester United fans are condemned

Two police officers were injured, with one requiring emergency hospital treatment, during furious protests at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Thousands of Manchester United fans gathered outside the club’s home ground, however, things took a turn for the worse as some of them made their way inside and onto the pitch.

The Man United fans begun their protests outside Old Trafford
Some fans managed to get inside the stadium as they protested against the club’s top brass

It delayed the start of Man United’s Premier League clash at home to Liverpool before the decision was taken to postpone the match altogether.

Safety fears were cited as the reason behind the match being postponed with some fans clashing with police outside the stadium.

And Greater Manchester Police revealed that two of their officers were injured in the clashes and the one taken to hospital suffered a slash wound to the face after being attacked with a bottle.

The statement read: “Officers were aware of a protest planned to take place in Old Trafford today (Sunday 2 May) and were working closely alongside partners to ensure those that attended were kept safe whilst enabling their right to peaceful protest. 

Parts of Old Trafford were damaged
The protests were also marred by violent clashes with police
Two officers were injured during the clashes

“Early this afternoon, groups of protestors began to gather at Old Trafford and separately at The Lowry Hotel, Salford where the United players were staying.

“By late afternoon around 200 protestors had gathered outside the Lowry and over 1,000 at Old Trafford. 

“Officers continued to closely monitor the situation, engaging with those present but as the groups grew in size; it became clear that many of those present were not intending to exercise their right to peaceful protest.

“Flares were let off and bottles thrown at officers. Protestors outside Old Trafford became especially aggressive and antagonistic towards police before a group of about 100 forced entry to the ground with some United staff having to lock themselves in rooms. 

Greater Manchester Police have condemned the actions of the violent protestors
The scenes at Old Trafford were chaotic on Sunday

“Those in the stadium were evicted by officers but outside on the forecourt hostility grew with bottles and barriers being thrown at officers and horses.

“Two officers have been injured with one officer being attacked with a bottle and sustaining a significant slash wound to his face, requiring emergency hospital treatment. 

“With the situation increasing in hostility, additional officers had to be deployed and officers had to be drawn in from neighbouring forces to assist Greater Manchester officers. 

“Following discussion with The Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, a joint decision was made to postpone the match for safety reasons.” 

Meanwhile, GMP Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said: “The behaviour displayed today by those at both Old Trafford and The Lowry Hotel was reckless and dangerous.  

“We understand the passion many supporters have for their team and we fully respect the right for peaceful protest. Plans were in place to ensure this could happen safely, but it soon became clear that many present had no intention of doing so peacefully. 

“The actions of those today required us to take officers from front line policing and call in support from neighbouring forces to prevent the disorder getting worse.

“At different points, bottles and barriers were thrown, officers assaulted and people scaled the stadium structure creating risk for themselves and officers.

“We have launched an investigation and we will be working closely alongside partners to ensure we establish the full circumstances surrounding today’s events and prosecute those responsible.”