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Manchester United fan protest – why it happened and what the fallout could be

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Manchester United supporter protests forced the postponement of the Premier League match at home to Liverpool (Barrington Coombs/PA) Manchester United’s match at home to Liverpool was postponed after fans protesting against the ownership of the club broke into Old Trafford.

Other supporters of the ‘Big Six’ have staged demonstrations against their owners and/or the club’s involvement in the failed Super League, but this was by far the most impactful as it resulted in a Premier League match being called off for the first time due to fan protests.

Manchester United Supporters Trust have written an open letter to the owners demanding greater fan consultation and involvement to avoid the likelihood of further demonstrations.

United fans have, perhaps, been the most vocal of any group in their opposition to the ownership of the Glazer family since the Americans’ leveraged takeover in 2005.

The tipping points appears to have been the Glazers’ leading role in the failed Super League proposal which emerged last month.

In a compressed season which already has little room for manoeuvre, the postponement causes a headache for the Premier League as United are due to play every midweek between now and the final day of the season on May 23.

There is a groundswell of opinion to have supporter representation on football club boards and amendments to the rules to prevent seismic changes against the interest of football and its member clubs.
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