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Manchester United could face a points deduction under Premier League rules over the ugly scenes at Old Trafford.

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Manchester United could face a points deduction under Premier League rules over the ugly scenes at Old Trafford.

Manchester United could face a points deduction

The Red Devils could face a points deduction after supporters forced the suspension of their Premier League fixture with Liverpool.

Both the Premier League and Football Association are examining following the mass demonstrations around Old Trafford on Sunday.

Organizations are speaking with Manchester United and the regional authorities to piece together accurately what has ensued , and where responsibility lies.

And under Premier League rules, points can be deducted from any club for the cluub’s failure to ensure the safety of players and staff, as well as entry and exit from the ground.

The FA can also inflict fines, in a long list of possible penalties, which includes ground closures and suspension from competitions. And it can charge the club responsible for any postponement compensates the other side for any costs incurred.

Numbers of United fans stormed the pitch at Old Trafford before their game against Liverpool in a demonstration at the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, before colliding with police in ugly scenes.

The FA and Premier League have between them lots of rules that cover the postponement of matches and the safety of players and staff, which will now be examined by the authorities and the club.


In the Premier League Handbook, rule K14 asserts that the home club must make sure that the players and match officials can enter and leave the stadium securely and that there is a secure setting in which to play the match.

And rule K13 also states that the players’ entrance, as well as the parking area and the points of entry, are sufficiently policed or stewarded.

Delegates from the two teams and the Premier League came together to review the situation at Old Trafford at 4 pm yesterday, after which it was decided that for safety reasons the fixture could not go ahead.

Both teams were held back at their hotels by Greater Manchester Police, while match referee Michael Oliver was also delayed in entering the ground.

A statement from Greater Manchester Police said:

‘Following discussion with The Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, a joint decision was made to postpone the match for safety reasons.’

The Premier League has the authority to investigate the violation of any rule and can establish a commission of inquiry. The commission’s sanctions include imposing a fine or a points deduction.

However, the situation is complicated because the Premier League also has the ability to refer the matter to the FA to be determined under its rules.

According to the FA rule book, regulation E20 says that clubs are accountable for their fans and maybe penalized for any improper, violent, threatening, abusive, indecent behavior, including the throwing of missiles.

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Manchester United could face a points deduction under Premier League rules over the ugly scenes at Old Trafford.


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