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Graeme Souness rages as flare hurled at Jamie Carragher with officer’s face slashed at Man Utd

Graeme Souness rages as flare is hurled at Jamie Carragher during the Man Utd protest prior to the Premier League meeting with Liverpool.

The 67 year old Scot raged at the Manchester United fans, saying that they ‘could have killed somebody’ as pyro was launched towards the Sky Sports pundits talking to viewers about what they were seeing.

Hundreds of furious fans broke into Old Trafford and made their way onto the pitch, which later caused the postponement of the big derby, something which could have seen Man City win the title if Liverpool won.

A video uploaded to Twitter showed the moment a red flare was lit and aimed towards Sky’s live broadcast, falling narrowly short of hitting one of the pundits who was forced to duck for cover.

Instead of showing any concern, the fans continued to chant against the Glazers family, then Sky pundit Souness said someone ‘could have been killed’ if they were hit by a projectile.

He added: ‘Let’s be honest, someone threw a flare up to this stage today. If it hit one of us, we would be in the hospital and scarred.

‘Someone threw a bottle of beer up here. If that hits you the wrong place, you could have been killed!’

‘A kid was killed in Cardiff by a flare. I am not criticising Man United supporters en masse, but you cannot underplay that.

‘That (flare) could have marked someone for life. We’re sitting here saying it’s right they’re demonstrating but a village idiot could have killed someone here today.’

Before the game, Solskjaer had said: “It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and we communicate better.

“My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team.

“As I’ve said before I’ve been backed, I’ve had great support from the club and the owners and I’m sure I will get the backing again to go one step further.

“But I’m so happy all the clubs have agreed that this shouldn’t be the way of moving forward.

“Then again, when the protests are on, it’s important they go in a good fashion and that we keep it peaceful.”

What how it was discussed by pundits by clicking on the video below…

Sky Sports also revealed during their broadcast pitch side cameras had been stolen, as well as a number of footballs and corner flags.

A statement from Manchester United said: ‘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.’

Thousands more fans led protests outside the ground and at the team’s hotel where the squad was waiting to leave for the match.

A Premier League statement read: ‘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.’

After Graeme Souness rages as a flare is hurled at Jamie Carragher, pundits spoke with a police officer who appeared to have his faced slashed.

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Two officers were injured with one officer being “attacked with a bottle and sustaining a significant slash wound to his face, requiring emergency hospital treatment”, Greater Manchester Police confirmed.

Outside the stadium, injuries were inflicted as a group began throwing bottles and barriers at officers and horses in violence which should be condemned in “the strongest possible terms” by football pundits, clubs and players, according to National Police Federation chairman John Apter.

“Yet again we’ve seen a so-called peaceful protest turn to violence with that aimed at my colleagues,” he said.

“Officers were injured and required hospital treatment. This is completely unacceptable.”

Stu Berry, chairman of the Greater Manchester Police Federation, said officers are not “punchbags for people protesting” a cause.

He added: “At the end of their shifts, hard-working police officers should be able to go home to their families in one piece. Not be rushed to hospital.”

He said the culprits must be identified and prosecuted because football fans do support peaceful protest in favour of the national game but these were “appalling scenes” of “mindless violence” that was carried out by a “minority” of people.

GMP assistant chief constable Russ Jackson said it was clear many demonstrators had no intention of protesting peacefully as he condemned their “reckless and dangerous” behaviour.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said on Twitter : “It is important to make clear that the majority of supporters made their protest peacefully today. However, there is no excuse for the actions of a minority who injured police officers and endangered the safety of others.

“This could be an important moment to change football for the better. We should all condemn violence of any kind and keep the focus on the behaviour of those at the top of the game.”

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