Manchester United fan groups have flown a plane banner over Elland Road which read “£2bn stolen #Glazers out” in protest against the Glazer family’s decision...
Manchester United fan groups have flown a plane banner over Elland Road which read “£2bn stolen #Glazers out” in protest against the Glazer family’s decision to involve the club in the Super League ahead of their clash with Leeds.
United were one of 12 ‘founding members’ of the new Super League but withdrew from the breakaway tournament on Tuesday, along with the five other Premier League clubs involved after the proposals faced a huge backlash from supporters.
This is not the first time United fans have protested against the Glazers this week, and fans of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have all protested against their clubs’ owners following the Super League debacle.
United co-chairman Joel Glazer was last week announced as a vice-chairman of the new Super League project, only for his club to withdraw on Tuesday.
A day later, he issued a letter of apology admitting that it was a mistake to join.
On Wednesday, Glazer “apologised unreservedly for the unrest” caused by the club’s involvement in the failed Super League.
Glazer admitted he “got it wrong” with United’s participation in the breakaway competition and that the club “failed to show enough respect” for football’s traditions.
The 50-year-old also stated he is “personally committed to rebuilding trust” between himself and United fans after their opposition to the Super League.
On Tuesday, Ed Woodward announced that he would leave as Manchester United executive vice-chairman at the end of 2021.
“I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world's greatest football club for the past 16 years,” he said in a statement.
On Saturday, hundreds of United fans gathered outside Old Trafford to call on the Glazer family to leave the club.
Only two days before some fans blocked both entrances to the club’s Carrington training ground. A series of protestors with flags also accessed the first-team training pitch, ahead of United’s training session on Thursday.
Ahead of their 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Saturday, Liverpool fans lined the streets to protest against the FSG owners.
Arsenal fans were very vociferous about their unhappiness with the Kroenke family, with thousands of supporters gathering outside The Emirates Stadium on Friday night to protest.
There were similar scenes outside The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday, when Tottenham fans held out banners protesting the ENIC ownership group.
The Super League project already appears to be in tatters.
Yet, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who was the driving force behind the breakaway tournament, remains defiant and told Spanish radio program El Larguero that the Super League is “not dead”.
“We are going to keep working,” he said. “We are looking for ways of getting this done. It would be a shame not to get it done.”
Without the support of eight of the ‘founding members’ the chances of the proposed Super League coming to fruition now seem next to none.Man Utd protest: Fans fly “£2billion stolen Glazers out” banner over Elland Road - The Athletic View Story