Graeme Souness beats up Manchester United protesters for throwing bottles and torches during the Old Trafford storm, insisting “a village idiot might have killed someone here today”
- United’s clash with Liverpool has now been postponed after fan demonstrations
- A torch and beer bottle were thrown onto the stage by experts like Souness
- And the former Liverpool captain spoke out against those who threw the items
- Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher warn against focusing on the violent minority
Graeme Souness reacted violently after a torch and bottle of beer were thrown at experts during fan demonstrations that dramatically postponed the Manchester United-Liverpool game.
Souness spoke as an expert alongside former United captain Roy Keane and former Manchester City defender Micah Richards on an elevated stage at Old Trafford, with United and Liverpool icons in Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on the sidelines.
And while Neville and Carragher defended fans’ right to protest, the former Liverpool captain underscored his feelings towards the minority of protesters who turned violent during their storm on Old Trafford and threw the items at the experts.
Graeme Souness criticized protesters who threw things at Sky Sports experts in Old Trafford
Angry protesters broke into Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium on Sunday afternoon
Bottles and other projectiles were hurled at the police by protesters as tensions escalated
He said, “Let’s face it, someone has thrown a torch up to this point today. If it happened to either of us, we’d be in the hospital and we’d be scarred.
“Someone threw a bottle of beer up here. If this hits you in the wrong place, you could have been killed! ‘
‘A child was killed by a torch in Cardiff. I don’t criticize Man United supporters en masse, but that can’t be underestimated.
‘That (torch) could have marked someone for life. We sit here and say it is right for them to demonstrate, but a village idiot could have killed someone here today. ‘
Some of those who broke in torches climbed on the crossbar and threw objects at experts
Souness alleged a torch and bottle of beer were fired against experts, including himself
Neville replied: The emotions are very high. Football in this country is now lawless, the big six harassing the rest of English football. It has to stop.
‘I accept that there are fans today who may have exaggerated, but the majority protested peacefully. Protests must be peaceful and law-abiding. There will always be a possible flash point that will always happen.
‘The rivalry between these clubs is great, we know how intense it is, but there is a line. What happened two weeks ago (with the European Super League) ignited the fan base and brought it back to life. ‘
‘It’s extremely powerful. The fans today stood up for what they see as right. We don’t want to hear about any disruptions today, but the fans have had enough. You have enough.
‘The media today can make a story about the damage and the stuff, but the story today is that the fans set the spark. Will they stop another game next time? I hope they are moving towards something more moderate, calmer, and pointed. ‘
Keane added: ‘This was an opportunity for United fans to make a big statement. Of course, the owners of Manchester United (the Glazer family) need to sit up and watch out.
“Sometimes you have to put a marker on it so that people can see it. Hopefully the owners take this seriously. This is just the beginning, mark my words. This is the beginning of it and their plan is, without a doubt, that the owners give in and sell the club.
“You have to applaud the United fans. When you’ve got enough, you’ve got enough – I find them difficult to criticize. Nobody gives a thumbs up to throw bottles or torches, of course not. ‘
More will follow.
The full Premier League statement
‘This is a collective decision by the police, both clubs, the Premier League and the local authorities.
“The safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of the utmost importance.
“We understand and respect the strength of feeling, but we condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and violations, especially in view of the related Covid-19 violations.
“Fans have many channels through which to express their views, but the minority actions that can be seen today have no justification.
“We sympathize with the police and the stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.”