Police officer at Man Utd protests has “life-changing” injuries from slashed eye

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A police offer from the Manchester United protests has been left with "life-changing" injuries after getting a slashed eye.

Red Devils supporters broke onto the Old Trafford pitch, postponing their game against Liverpool on Sunday, as others demonstrated outside the team's hotel.

And it saw some supporters clash with police, with one officer appearing to punch a protester outside the Lowry Hotel where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad were based.

But another Greater Manchester Police officer inside Old Trafford was seen with a “significant slash wound” on his left cheek.

And the authorities have revealed that the policeman, who has been in the service for 20 years, has received life-changing injuries.

Stu Berry, chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation, said: "Our brave colleague went to work yesterday to keep the people of Greater Manchester safe – and he ended up coming under attack. He is incredibly lucky not to have lost the sight in an eye.

"This is not right. Police officers are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and partners. They are sons and daughters.

"They are human beings who should be able to go home to their families in one piece at the end of their shifts. Not be rushed to hospital.

"We are offering support to our injured colleague and will continue to do so as he recovers from his injuries."

The unidentified officer was filmed speaking to Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville one the crowds had been taken off the Old Trafford pitch.

A group of 200 supporters made their way into the ground, letting off flares before leaving with ‘balls, corner flags and camera equipment’.

Greater Manchester Police assistant chief constable Russ Jackson said: “The behaviour displayed today by those at both Old Trafford and The Lowry Hotel was reckless and dangerous.

“We understand the passion many supporters have for their team and we fully respect the right for peaceful protest.

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  • “Plans were in place to ensure this could happen safely, but it soon became clear that many present had no intention of doing so peacefully.

    “The actions of those today required us to take officers from front line policing and call in support from neighbouring forces to prevent the disorder getting worse.

    “At different points, bottles and barriers were thrown, officers assaulted and people scaled the stadium structure creating risk for themselves and officers.”

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