Souness says flare thrown at Man Utd protest "could have killed someone"

Graeme Souness claimed ‘someone could have been killed’ after a protesting Manchester United fan lobbed a flare in the direction of the Sky Sports pundits.

Hundreds of supporters stormed the Old Trafford pitch in protest at the Glazers, causing Sunday’s Premier League match with Liverpool to be postponed.

While most of the protesting was good natured, a video uploaded to Twitter showed the moment a red flare was thrown towards the Sky Sports studio.

The projectile did not reach its intended target and instead fell just short of Souness, his fellow pundits and their camera crew in the Sir Bobby Charlton stand.

Nonetheless, Souness was furious at the incident and said ‘someone could have been killed’ had the flare found its intended target.

He said: “Let's be honest, someone threw a flare up to this stage today. If it hit one of us, we would be in the hospital and scarred.

“Someone threw a bottle of beer up here. If that hits you the wrong place, you could have been killed!'

“So, let's not mess about and be tippy-tappy around the situation. That is unacceptable. And something's happened out there for this game to be postponed.

“A kid was killed in Cardiff by a flare. I am not criticising Man United supporters en masse, but you cannot underplay that.

“That (flare) could have marked someone for life. We're sitting here saying it's right they're demonstrating but a village idiot could have killed someone here today.”

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  • The match at Old Trafford was postponed at around 6pm following discussions between the police, Trafford Council, the two clubs and the Premier League.

    One police officer was left with a slashed face and required urgent stitches after being caught up in the protest, while there were also clashes between fans and police outside Old Trafford.

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