A police officer has been filmed on camera dragging and repeatedly punching a Man Utd fan on the ground whilst trying to arrest him.
Footage has surfaced of a cop hitting out at the football fan amid ugly clashes ahead of Manchester United’s game against Liverpool on Sunday.
The match was subsequently called off after anti-Glazer protesters managed to get onto the Old Trafford pitch and clashed with police outside the ground.
In footage captured outside the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, where the Premier League outfit were based and waiting to depart, an officer appears to hit a fan several times as he lies on the ground while being arrested. The correct thing to do if what the officers said in the culprit resisting is anything to go by. Click play to see on the video below…
The force told MailOnline a 28-year-old was arrested on suspicion of a theft from a motor vehicle and a public order offence, and remains in custody for questioning.
Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards Branch is now examining the footage, ‘and all available evidence to understand the full circumstances surrounding the arrest.’
Twitter users reacted after seeing the police officer filmed repeatedly punching the Man Utd fan on the ground during arrest…
Fans had tried to stop the team bus getting out of the Lowry Hotel, leading to further outbreaks of trouble.
@ianthom72972749: What about monitoring your officer(s) yesterday who took that one fan behind the police vans and continued to punch him time after time after time. Disgraceful scenes. I expect a response please to say you have identified and charged this policeman with ABH 🤔😡
@AlIegrii: looks like it wasnt justified eh? #glazerOUT
@martinwalsh3257: Punches are approved self defence techniques. Only issue he should have punched him harder
@anotherredrebel: It’s hardly self defence when the guy is being held on the floor by two of your Co conspirators.
@footboxing: who’s the thugs now… #GlazersOut
@EffBeeJay1: Good, should have kicked him in the bollocks too for good measure. Support the police.
@pariskirsty7: But only the fans were violent.
@Eileen99737955: Disgusting behaviour by the cops, takes 3 to 4 of em on one block, and see how quickly the other two chase the photographer away, why’s that I wonder????
@sammufc21: Will you investigate @GMPChorlton
@stemc82: Distraction strikes to a muscle. A perfectly reasonable approved tactic. If you don’t want to be restrained by the police don’t go out looking for trouble #simple
@AlexDuggan20: And they say the fans were instigating the violence
🤦♂️ Hope they find the police officer responsible 😕
@Jade_Manasse: Bet this is okay, right?
@LJxmes: What was the need for them to punch him?
@alexhallwood: Bent coppers
@BaileyEvans_9: Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey. Get Ted on the case 💪
Two police officers were hurt in the disorder as they were pelted with bottles, with one sustaining a serous facial injury.
The clip shows several officers dragging one protester across the road and away from members of the public before pinning him to the ground.
One officer tells onlookers to ‘get back’ as his colleagues tell the man arrested to ‘stop resisting.’
Greater Manchester Police told MailOnline: ‘We are aware of a video circulating online of officers making an arrest during a protest on Sunday 2 May near The Lowry Hotel.
‘The video depicts officers arresting a 28-year-old male on suspicion of a theft from a motor vehicle and a public order offence.
‘He currently remains in custody for questioning.
‘GMP’s Professional Standards Branch has been made aware of the video and will be examining the footage and all available evidence to understand the full circumstances surrounding the arrest.’
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.
He added: ‘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.’
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PREMIER LEAGUE STATEMENT
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.
What did the pundits have to say about the anti-Glazer protest? Take a look below…
“This is a consequence of the Manchester United owners’ actions two weeks ago,” Neville said on Sky Sports. “There is a general distrust and dislike of the owners, but they weren’t protesting two or three weeks ago.
“The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements at this club and the fans are saying that their time is up.
“My view is quite simply that they’re going to make a fortune if they sell the club and if they were to put it up for sale now I think the time would be right, and it would be the honourable thing to do.
“There’s huge discontent, not just across Manchester United fans, but I think for football fans up and down the country and I think they are just saying enough is enough.
“The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many, many years. I think they are struggling to meet the financial demands that this club needs and have done for some time.”
— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) May 2, 2021
“There’s been a build-up in tension, whether it be about ticketing, poor communication, things going on in the background,” Keane said on Sky Sports.
“The leadership of the club has not been good enough. When they look at the owners, they feel it’s just about making money. The United fans have looked at the Glazers and thought enough is enough.
“They’re doing it because they love the club. Some people won’t agree with it, but sometimes you have to put a marker down for people to take notice. This will go out all over the world and hopefully the owners of Manchester United will sit up and take note. These fans are deadly serious and this is just the start of it from United fans, I can guarantee you.”
— BALLY STOCK & SPORTS (@BallyStock) May 2, 2021
“First of all you always have to know whether this is the majority,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “We live in a society where the protesters aren’t always the majority. The media only consider the minority of protesters.
“I would say as a football fan I was against the Super League project because it ignores what makes football great.”
“The frustration with the ownership and I must say I’m obviously a Liverpool supporter in this stadium with Manchester United fans coming past me, but I do think in this situation, football rivalry goes out of this,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“Listen, it’s been peaceful, there’s no problem in the stadium, I’m unsure about outside the stadium, but it’s been a peaceful protest. They’re very unhappy with their owners, not just of what they’re doing in terms of buying a striker or buying a player in the summer, I think as supporters and how they’ve been treated at this club and how they’ve gone about it.
“The frustration comes from that and it’s obviously heightened with what happened with the Super League. Yes, we all want to see a game of football, we don’t want to see any trouble but I can’t stand here and have a go at Manchester United fans.
“My own supporters, Liverpool, probably 10 or 15 years ago were doing these type of things, marching outside of stadiums to get rid of Hicks and Gillett.
“I would not have a go at any Manchester United fan as long as it’s peaceful and there’s no trouble. Football means a lot for a lot of people and Manchester as much as anybody. A peaceful protest and they’ve only got themselves to blame, the ownership.”
— Peter Williams (@p_williams_0151) May 2, 2021
“We’ve talked about it so many times now and you do feel for the fans because after the year they’ve had with Covid, to try and take away the crown jewels is never good,” Richards said on Sky Sports. “They’ve gone to breaking point.
“I think the lads have mentioned, it was peaceful. No one really was causing too much trouble. And it hurts.
“The good thing about it is that the fans have still got a voice. A lot of people are saying, ‘Well, the fans haven’t got a voice anymore.’ They have. We’re supposed to be kicking off in 20 minutes. It’s not happening.
“So as long as it’s done peacefully and properly, I support the fans in their protest.”
“I don’t think it will (have an impact). The Glazers, since Fergie retired, have given successive managers over a billion pound to spend. I think it’s £719million net spend over the eight years,” Souness told Sky Sports.
“I think it’s born out of United not being top dogs as much as what happened last week, I think that’s another excuse to have a go at them. These are serious, serious business people, I don’t think this will impact on their thoughts. I really don’t.
“We live in a country where you can demonstrate, you can vent your feelings, you’re allowed to do it, but I still don’t see it impacting on the Glazers one little bit. If you think you can bring serious pressure to serious business people who live 3,000 miles away, across the Atlantic, that it will drive them to accept a discounted offer for Manchester United, that will not happen.
“They’ve had to put collateral in, you don’t just go to the bank and say I want to buy Manchester United, I’ll need £500million or however much it costs to buy, without committing some sort of collateral.
“They’ve risked things to buy Manchester United, since then, they’ve given successive managers fortunes to spend. It’s only since Fergie stopped that the success has stopped and I think that irritates supporters and they have become the focus of their anger. I think it’s slightly misdirected.”
“I understand the fans frustration and their anger, totally acceptable because of what has gone on in the last two weeks regarding the European Super League,” Shearer said on Match of the Day 2.
“Football was nearly taken away from us as we know it and I’m all for protesting but not like that.
“You can’t protest like that, we’ve seen events at other football clubs because they’re not happy but when you get fans breaking into stadiums, hurting police officers and smashing glass to get into the hospitality then that’s not the way to do it. That’s not acceptable.”
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