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Man Utd fans’ anti-Glazer protest forces postponement of Liverpool clash

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Liverpool was postponed on Sunday after fans invaded the Old Trafford pitch as part of a protest against United’s owners, the Glazer family.

Hundreds of fans managed to make their way into the ground, chanting “we want Glazers out.”

Large numbers of supporters had also gathered outside the stadium and there were clashes with police as they moved in to disperse the crowd.

“Following discussion between the police, the Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today,” United said in a statement.

“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest.

“However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations.”

The match had been due to start at 1630 local time (1530GMT), but had been delayed by over an hour before the decision to call the match off was confirmed.

“The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance,” the Premier League said in a statement.

“We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches. 

“Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.”

Manchester City could have been crowned Premier League champions on Sunday had United lost the match.

– Anger reignited –

Anger towards the Glazers has been reignited by United’s part in a failed European Super League (ESL) project, that collapsed within 48 hours last month due to a backlash from fans, players, governments and governing bodies.

United and Liverpool were reportedly two of the leading drivers behind the project that sought to guarantee top level European football for 15 founder members every season without the need to qualify on the pitch.

In a rare public statement, United co-chairman Joel Glazer apologised to fans last month for signing up to the ESL.

“You made very clear your opposition to the European Super League, and we have listened. We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right,” he said.

“Although the wounds are raw and I understand that it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans and learning from the message you delivered with such conviction.”

United fans also breached security at their club’s training ground in the days after the ESL proposals were made public to protest against the Glazers.

The Americans have owned United since a controversial leveraged takeover in 2005 saddled the club with hundreds of millions of pounds worth of debt.

As the English giants have paid off huge interest payments, the Glazers have still regularly drawn out millions in dividends from their shares.

United fans wore green and gold colours to matches early in the Glazers’ reign, the colours of Newton Heath, the club founded in 1878 that eventually became Manchester United 24 years later, as a sign of protest.

Green and gold scarves and flares were back at Old Trafford on Sunday, while there were a number of banners aimed at the Glazers.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already announced he will be leaving his role by the end of the year amid the fallout from the failed ESL project.

“There’s huge discontent, not just across Manchester United fans, but I think for football fans up and down the country and I think they are just saying enough is enough,” former United captain Gary Neville told Sky Sports.

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  1. IanCransonsKnees

    May 3, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Jagular appreciating the ‘legacy’ fans there.

    One for the tourists and not the purists.

  2. Jagular

    May 3, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    This is a “what have you done for me lately” protest. I doubt these people would be protesting if their team was set to win the Prem, the CL Final or any other tournament final.

    These days, fans in stadiums are only needed for the atmosphere they bring to games.

    The real money will come from selling the monthly/yearly subscription of the Netflix of Football to the millions of fans around the world. The big 6 know this and they’ll be doing their due diligence to get this concept over the line.

  3. Michael

    May 3, 2021 at 9:48 am

    I understand the anger….but this is going to do absolutely nothing to change the ownership. Glazer paid $1.4 billion and now it is worth $3.81. There is nothing that will get him to give up that. They are the 10th biggest sport franchise in the world! They are the 3rd biggest Football franchise in the world behind only Real Madrid (6th), and Barcelona (8th). If you look at world wide fans, I have no factual figures…but Manchester United is probably the number 1 most popular team in the world! I wish the Glazers were better at PR, were better at listening to the local UK fans…but he isn’t. I don’t think that will change. Glazer is a cutthroat billionaire businessman. Men like that don’t become billionaires by being weak or backing down to threats. He is just looking at this as a bump in the road. I believe he (can the other 5 EPL big six), haven’t given up on the Super League. Just like in business you put out a pilot group and you get feedback. You analyze the data and then put it back out there and keep doing that until you find a product that customers will buy. That is example what they are doing now. The only owners that have been honest enough admit that undeniable truth have been Real Madrid & Barcelona. The others know the same thing, but they have pressure from the fans that doesn’t allow them to say so. They are probably working on the “second Pilot group” as we speak. There are so many Man U fans world wide, that even if the local UK fans don’t go to the game (sorry, 95% of them will still go), they have a heavy marketing plan before COVID where they would provide packages for fans from all around the world to come into on game day and have a vacation culminated in going to the game. I guarantee that will be ramped up after COVID. In my personal opinion, the only way that I can see Glazer selling is if Manchester United gets relegated. Forgive my ignorance, has that every happened? I don’t like the ESL in this interaction. It sucked…but it is coming. Just like in the next 10 years the “Power 5” Conferences in College football will break away from the other “Group of 5” conferences that there will be a 65 teams A league and a 65 team B league…I believe the same thing will have in Soccer. I think their biggest mistake is that they tried to cut out FIFA and UEFA. Mark my words, as soon as they (Bib Six) swallow their pride and cut in FIFA, UEFA, and what ever else crooked organization that runs Soocer…it will get done. I am not wishing this will happen…but it will happen.

  4. jason

    May 2, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I completley support this. People need to stand up to corruption. The shame is how media constantly portrays it. Rebecca Lowe used the term “shocking” in a tone that clearly condemed it. Stand up to corruption, fraud, lies, and draconian measures. There is way too much of it. One reason why it has increased over the years is because media constantly sides with them and condems any attempt to stand up to it.

  5. jason

    May 2, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    A section of Man Utd fans might decide that if they need sink the ship to get the Glazers out then so be it.

  6. Roberto

    May 2, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Wow, some result. It was only a small group of fans but it may be that the bloodsuckers have created a monster.

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