One former Manchester United chief government — Peter Kenyon — agrees with that characterization of his former crew’s house owners.

“I’m not sure the people who are in that club now know what the club is all about.”

Sunday’s postponement of the sport between Manchester United and Liverpool resulting from fan protests — that at instances turned ugly — introduced into sharp focus the dissatisfaction of many supporters over the best way the Glazer household have run the Premier League’s most profitable crew.
Fans are seen protesting Manchester United's Glazer ownership outside the stadium.Fans are seen protesting Manchester United's Glazer ownership outside the stadium.

Police estimate over 1,000 protesters invaded the pitch at United’s Old Trafford stadium forward of the match towards Liverpool.

Some 200 individuals additionally congregated outdoors The Lowry Hotel, Salford the place the United gamers have been staying forward of the match, to protest towards the membership’s US house owners.

In response to the protest, Manchester United issued an announcement, saying: “The club has no desire to see peaceful protestors punished, but will work with the police to identify those involved in criminal activity, and will also issue its own sanctions to any season ticket holder or member identified … We remain committed to dialogue and engagement with our fans through the Fans forum and other appropriate channels.”
United followers’ discontent with the Glazers has intensified after six of England’s prime golf equipment signed up final month to affix the European Super League (ESL) — a multibillion greenback competitors consisting of 12 of the most important groups in European soccer. Manchester United was one of the 12 golf equipment.

Although the enterprise fell aside lower than 48 hours after it was first introduced, the dearth of fan session galvanized many supporters — not simply at United — who’re intent on wresting again some semblance of management they pay good cash to observe.

The six founding Premier League members ultimately withdrew from the ESL, starting with Chelsea and Manchester City, following widespread criticism by followers, the media, politicians and even royalty.

The involvement of Arsenal and Liverpool in the failed Super League venture has additionally sparked discontent amongst followers for his or her respective house owners, Kroenke and Henry – together with Liverpool’s chairman, Tom Werner.

Arsenal, for instance, charges followers as much as $132 to attend a sport.

On Monday, the Premier League issued an announcement saying it acknowledged “the strength of feeling and the right of fans to know what is happening” addressing the Old Trafford protests.

“We are committed to maintaining close dialogue with supporters and their representatives, as we work with The FA and Government to identify solutions, but ask that all protests are peaceful,” added the assertion.

NCS has reached out to the Glazer household, Kroenke and Henry for remark.

The United Trinity statue is seen as fans protest Manchester United's Glazer ownership outside the stadium. The United Trinity statue is seen as fans protest Manchester United's Glazer ownership outside the stadium.


Since taking up Manchester United in 2005, the Glazer household — which additionally owns the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers — has by no means actually gained followers over.

“After sixteen years not one member of the Glazer family has ever had so much as a conversation with us,” stated the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST), a bunch of greater than 200,000 membership supporters, stated in an announcement on Monday.

When the Glazer household took over the membership, followers who spoke to NCS feared it might be saddled with debt and that the household was purely in its model, rivaled solely by Real Madrid, and revenues. Manchester United was a debt-free membership earlier than the Glazers purchased the crew.

According to the membership’s newest accounts launched on March 4, 2021, the online debt of the membership is $630.7 million (£455.5 million). In December 2019, earlier than the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the membership’s web debt had reached $283.16 million (£203.6 million).

Joel and Avram Glazer looks on as they attend a training session.Joel and Avram Glazer looks on as they attend a training session.

Sunday wasn’t the primary time United followers staged a protest. In 2010, MUST organized a protest in which followers wore inexperienced and gold scarves to video games, the membership’s unique colours — ditching the ironic pink and white neckwear.

While the Glazers level to a meteoric uptick in the membership’s business revenues, MUST is asking for a extra fan-oriented possession mannequin after Sunday’s protests.

In its Monday assertion, MUST outlined a four-point plan to “rebalance the current ownership structure in the favour of supporters,” demanding a response from the Glazers by Friday.

Part of that plan known as for a ” share scheme” which might give followers comparable voting rights to the Glazer household.

One of the factors consists of Manchester United followers being provided the chance to purchase Glazer household shares in the membership till they’ve been “reduced to a minority or indeed being bought out altogether.”

That kind of mannequin is a nod to the 50+1 possession rule prevalent in German football, the place exterior buyers and business companions — corresponding to Audi or Adidas — aren’t allowed to realize management, as a substitute guaranteeing members, usually additionally followers, retain majority possession of golf equipment.
Arsenal Stan Kroenke looks on prior to the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal.Arsenal Stan Kroenke looks on prior to the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal.

Genie out of the bottle

While Manchester United and the Glazers are at the moment in the highlight, followers have directed their anger at different US-based house owners in current weeks resulting from their participation in the ESL.

At Arsenal, protests just a few weekends in the past came about outdoors the Emirates Stadium in London demanding Kroenke promote his shares in the membership.

Although Arsenal fan and Spotify founder Daniel Ek introduced his intention to submit a bid for the membership, Kroenke has insisted there isn’t any intention to promote.

At Liverpool, which has prided itself on the shut connection to its followers — symbolized by a slogan “This Means More” — the information that the membership had signed up for the ESL did not go down very effectively.

Liverpool owner John W. Henry (left) and chairman Tom Werner after the UEFA Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.Liverpool owner John W. Henry (left) and chairman Tom Werner after the UEFA Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.

Subsequently, in a video posted on Liverpool’s social media, membership proprietor Henry, considered one of the principal drivers behind the Super League, lower a contrite determine.

“Over these last 48 hours, you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you. And I want to apologize to Jurgen [Klopp, manager], Billy [Hogan, CEO], to the players and to everyone who works so hard at Liverpool to make our fans proud,” Henry, proprietor of MLB giants Boston Red Sox, stated. “They have absolutely no responsibility for this disruption.

“They have been essentially the most disrupted, and unfairly so. This is what hurts most. They love their membership and work to make you proud each single day. I do know the complete Liverpool crew has the experience, management and fervour essential to rebuild belief and assist us transfer ahead.”

The particular end result that protesting followers need varies.

Arsenal fans hold placards during a protest against the club's owner Stan Kroenke.Arsenal followers maintain placards throughout a protest towards the membership's proprietor Stan Kroenke.

Some would like to see different owners at their clubs, while others would like to see the 50+1 ownership model used in Germany to be implemented in the UK, but the message is clear: no more to the perceived asset stripping of clubs, or owners that are solely focused on revenue generation.

Whether the UK authorities would intervene to implement laws to change the material of soccer possession legal guidelines stays unclear.

However, what the previous few weeks have proven is that the genie is out of the bottle — followers need to see these English golf equipment genuinely hearken to them.


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