Protests at Old Trafford against the owners led to the postponement of Manchester United vs Liverpool


[03-05-2021 03:21 PM]

Ammon News - A day of fan protest against the owners at Old Trafford led to the postponement of Manchester United's Premier League home clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

The Manchester United Supporters' Trust has written an open letter to co-chairman Joel Glazer urging the club owners to engage in fan consultation in order to avoid a repeat of the scenes at Old Trafford on Sunday.

It read in part: "After the events of yesterday we trust your attention is now fully focussed on the question of what happens next at Manchester United.

"First things first, let’s be very clear that no-one wants what happened at Old Trafford yesterday to be a regular event. We are football fans and we want to support our team. We don’t want to spend our days off work protesting outside our football ground.

"But what happened was the culmination of sixteen years in which your family’s ownership of the club has driven us into debt and decline, and we have felt ever more sidelined and ignored.

"After sixteen years not one member of the Glazer family has ever had so much as a conversation with us, the club’s Supporters Trust. Yesterday, that frustration reached boiling point.

"For the vast majority of the thousands of attendees at the protest they made their voice heard peacefully and respectfully. We support the right of fans to protest lawfully and, although we did not personally witness any such acts, of course we do not condone any acts of violence."

In their open letter to Joel Glazer, the Manchester United Supporters' Trust included a four-point action plan they hope the owners will follow.

They wrote: "None of us want this to continue. We all have better things to do. So we need to find a way forward, and we have a four point plan for you to do that:

"1. Willingly and openly engage and promote the government initiated fan-led review of football and use this as an opportunity to rebalance the current ownership structure in the favour of supporters

"2. Immediately appoint independent directors to the board whose sole purpose is to protect the interest of the club as a football club, not its shareholders

"3. Work with the Manchester United Supporters Trust and supporters more broadly to put in place a share scheme that is accessible to all and that has shares with the same voting rights as those held by the Glazer family. Should the appetite be there amongst fans then you should welcome, and offer no opposition to, the Glazer Family shareholding being reduced to a minority or indeed being bought out altogether.

"4. Commit to full consultation with season ticket holders on any significant changes to the future of our club, including the competitions we play in

"We request a response to this 4 point plan, in public and in writing, by Friday.

"This is the only way to move this issue on. We strongly suggest you take it."

After two police officers were injured during yesterday's demonstrations at Old Trafford, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he understands the depth of feeling behind the protests but insists there is no place for 'disruptive behaviour'.

*SKY




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