An illustration outside Old Trafford protesting Man Utd’s possession by the US-based Glazer household in the wake of the ill-fated Super League plans has led to at the very least one United States flag being burned outside the well-known stadium.
Man Utd had been among the many so-called ‘soiled dozen’ of European golf equipment who had been signatories to the vastly unpopular Super League plans when it was initially introduced final weekend however immediately, with the these plans now mendacity in ashes, a piece of offended Red Devils fans took out their fury on the membership’s possession – by settling alight the Stars and Stripes.
More than a thousand fans gathered outside the house the 20-time English champions to have their voices heard not simply in regards to the Super League plans, which prompted a tail-between-their-legs concession by the membership’s bosses, but additionally the Glazer’s longstanding possession of the group which has hit new heights of unpopularity in the previous few days.
Fans may very well be heard chanting “Glazers out” on the demonstration, whereas additionally sporting scarves emblazoned with an identical message. Smoke bombs had been additionally stated to have been set off through the protests on Saturday afternoon.
Footage making its technique to social media additionally appeared to point out fans burning an American flag outside the stadium in the starkest sign to the membership’s possession but that they’ve misplaced any remaining assist amongst the fanbase that they might have beforehand loved.
“All of the consequences of the debt-ridden Glazer ownership of the club have come home to roost in the last week, with the disgraceful plans to walk away from our roots in English football and walk away from our history and tradition in the European Cup,” learn an announcement distributed by the organizers of the demonstration.
“The disgraceful plan was a direct consequence of an ownership structure which is all about money and nothing about supporters.
“United fans demand change. We demand the German mannequin requiring fans personal 50% +1 of the membership. We demand that the Glazers start the method to make this occur with fast impact.
“The last week has shown them the future they dreamed of for Manchester United is not possible and is never going to happen. There will never be a better time to hand majority ownership to the only people who have the long-term interests of the club at heart – the United fans.
“We name on all United fans to come back collectively on the forecourt at 2pm, earlier than the Liverpool recreation, to collectively make this level in a method the Glazers, and the remainder of the world, can’t ignore.”
However, the protests – and in particular the flag-burning element – wasn’t met with unanimous consent from fans online.
“This maybe is getting uncontrolled,” said one supporter. “Burning a nationwide flag could be severe.”
Another described the act as “trashy habits“, adding that “common Americans don’t have anything to do with the Glazer household.”
Whatever the response, it’s clear that the fanbase of essentially the most historically profitable membership in English soccer has not often been fairly as vocal in their dissatisfaction with the course the membership’s house owners are taking them – and one wonders if, in the end, the livid fans will get their want.