Man Utd and Liverpool stars frantically ramping up security after Old Trafford chaos that saw match postponed

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MANCHESTER UNITED and Liverpool stars are frantically ramping up security following yesterday’s incident at Old Trafford.

Players at the Premier League clubs had already been reviewing safety arrangements due to concerns about some fans’ reaction to the European Super League proposals.

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Fans invaded the pitch at Old Trafford and claimed corner flags[/caption]
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Anti-Glazer protests were in full swing before the scheduled start of the game on Sunday[/caption]

But Sun Online understands those plans have now escalated with one security expert – who specialises in protecting football players – urging stars to take extra precautions.

Paul Davies who runs Manchester-based firm Benchmark Security said: “I’d strongly recommend players use live monitoring of their homes with CCTV and also consider putting in place security with K9 dog units.”

On the scale of the risk now posed to players another source said: “There is a real anger from a small minority of fanatical fans who follow the big six clubs and the fear is this has put players at increased risk.

“Many players are worried about being targeted to and from training as well as on matchdays.

“As a result many are now stepping up security in and around their homes to protect them – and their families. There is also a huge amount of venom being spewed on social media towards some.

“The sad thing is the Super League was not the players doing but they are bearing the brunt of some fans’ anger.”

The Red Devils had been due to host their arch-rivals at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. But the match was scrapped after fans got into the Stadium and ran riot.

Man Utd could face formal action from the FA after football’s governing body decided to launch an investigation into Sunday’s events.

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Manchester United fans stormed the Old Trafford pitch on Sunday[/caption]
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United fans set off flares outside the team’s hotel[/caption]

 

A faction of anti-Glazer protesters managed to break into the stadium and got onto the pitch before kick-off, while others barricaded the players in the Lowry Hotel.

The FA are now investigating the chaotic scenes to determine what punishment they will hand out and Prem chiefs have now also launched their own probe into the disgraceful scenes.

League bosses have contacted both United and Liverpool for their observations, as well as the Police, local safety authorities and United’s safety officer.

PGMOL match day chiefs on duty yesterday at Stockley Park, the match manager and co-ordinator on duty at Old Trafford and Michael Oliver, who was due to referee the game, have also been asked to supply urgent reports.

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