Referee Michael Oliver had a very surprising role in the decision to postpone Manchester United’s game against Liverpool.
The massive Premier League clash, due to kick off on Sunday at 4:30pm, could not take place after Red Devils fans broke into Old Trafford to protest against the Galzers.
A statement was released by the club saying the decision had been reached with the Police, the top flight and Trafford Council “due to safety and security considerations around the protest”.
But one man who was not part of the decision to postpone the game is referee Oliver.
According to former official Mark Halsey in his Caught Offside column, the 36-year-old “will have had no input… whatsoever” for the decision to push the game back.
The thought process in these situations is taken on by the Police and a safety officer of the home side along with council members and the Premier League.
And the match referee is “governed by all of those bodies”, meaning there is “little” Oliver could have done to influence the talks.
A group of approximately 200 fans made their way onto the Old Trafford turf, protesting against the club owners following the European Super League fallout.
Making their way over to the Sky Sports broadcasting platform to get the message across, one supporter tried to throw a flare in their direction.
While the group on the pitch did make their way out of the ground again in an ‘orderly fashion’, some did take ‘balls, corner flags and camera equipment’.
But another group was found later in the VIP boxes, with police forced to step in and one was left with “life-changing” injuries.
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It has not yet been made clear when the rescheduled game will take place but United could still be hit with a punishment.
One form could be a points deduction, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sitting 13 points behind rivals and Premier League leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.
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