Man Utd threaten protesters with stadium ban and criminal charges after building Ring of Steel following Liverpool chaos

MANCHESTER UNITED have threatened protesters with a stadium ban and criminal charges following last week’s defeat to Liverpool.

Last Thursday saw two people arrested and the Liverpool team bus BLOCKED as around 2,000 United supporters descended on Old Trafford to protest the Glazers’ ownership.

Smoke grenades and flares were set off, and bottles reportedly thrown, in further signs of unrest after an even bigger protest at the start of May saw United’s original clash with Liverpool postponed.

The Red Devils took numerous safety measures to ensure last week’s rescheduled game was able to go ahead, with a ‘Ring of Steel’ used to great effect outside Old Trafford.

A top-secret operation was launched, with players sworn to secrecy and some staff even kept out of the loop to prevent leaks.

Indeed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side arrived at the Theatre of Dreams SIX HOURS before kick-off, holing up in makeshift bedrooms in hospitality boxes.

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And United have now warned fans that future anti-social behaviour could result in stadium bans and criminal prosecution.

United’s chief operating Collette Roche said: “Matchday at Old Trafford will be slightly different for those fans who have been successful in the ballot for the Fulham game.

“This is all designed to keep people as safe as possible and set us in good stead for welcoming larger crowds back next season and we are confident fans will understand the need for these procedures as a result.

“While some things will change, it’s important to stress that our usual ground regulations remain in place. 


“We remind everyone that inconsiderate, reckless or anti-social behaviour by anyone visiting Old Trafford will not be tolerated. 

“Club sanctions will apply for the use of flares within the stadium and any pitch incursions or vandalism will result in criminal prosecution.

“Our aim is to ensure that the match passes peacefully and that fans with tickets get to enjoy their return to Old Trafford.”

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