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Man Utd Supporters Trust explain Old Trafford break-in protest in open letter to Joel Glazer

Manchester United Supporters Trust give the Glazer family a Friday deadline to respond to their four-point plan for change at Old Trafford – and warn them further protests are inevitable if they are ignored

  • Man United Supporters Trust penned a letter to Glazers after Sunday’s protests
  • The letter was addressed to Joel Glazer and included a four-point plan for United
  • Angry fans protested against the American owners at Old Trafford on Sunday
  • The MUST has called on the Glazers to ‘engage with fans’ after the ugly scenes 
  • They’ve given them a Friday deadline to respond and warned of more protests

The Manchester United Supporters Trust have again written to the club’s chairman Joel Glazer urging him to listen to their complaints following Sunday’s protest at Old Trafford.

The demonstration against United’s American owners turned ugly as fans broke into the ground and clashed with police, forcing the postponement of the game against Liverpool.

MUST said it doesn’t condone the violence but called for the Glazers to engage with fans who feel ‘ever more sidelined and ignored’.

Manchester United fans staged protests on Sunday against American owners the Glazers

Manchester United fans staged protests on Sunday against American owners the Glazers

United's Supporters Trust have penned an open letter to Joel Glazer after Sunday's protests

United's Supporters Trust have penned an open letter to Joel Glazer after Sunday's protests

The MUST detailed a four-point plan for change and want the Glazers to respond by Friday

The MUST detailed a four-point plan for change and want the Glazers to respond by Friday

United’s Supporters Trust have penned an open letter to Joel Glazer and given him and his brother until Friday to respond to their four-point plan for change at Old Trafford

The letter said Sunday's protests were a 'culmination of 16 years of debt and decline' under Avram Glazer (left) and Joel Glazer (right)

The letter said Sunday's protests were a 'culmination of 16 years of debt and decline' under Avram Glazer (left) and Joel Glazer (right)

The letter said Sunday’s protests were a ‘culmination of 16 years of debt and decline’ under Avram Glazer (left) and Joel Glazer (right)

The letter reads: ‘The Fans Forum wrote to you and your senior management team on Friday. We don’t know if you saw it, but 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 16 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.

Sunday's protests turned ugly as fans broke into Old Trafford, causing Liverpool game to be postponed

Sunday's protests turned ugly as fans broke into Old Trafford, causing Liverpool game to be postponed

Sunday’s protests turned ugly as fans broke into Old Trafford, causing Liverpool game to be postponed

‘After 16 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.

‘None of us want this to continue. We all have better things to do. So we need to find a way forward.’

MUST once again put forward a four-point plan for a fundamental restructuring of the club.

The MUST warned the Glazers that more protests are inevitable if the fans are ignored

The MUST warned the Glazers that more protests are inevitable if the fans are ignored

The MUST warned the Glazers that more protests are inevitable if the fans are ignored

The four-point plan included a fan-led review of football after European Super League debacle

The four-point plan included a fan-led review of football after European Super League debacle

The four-point plan included a fan-led review of football after European Super League debacle

As well as calling for the Glazers to co-operate with a fan-led government review into football following the European Super League debacle, the letter urged them to put in place a share scheme that is accessible to all investors meaning the owners’ stake could be ‘reduced to a minority or indeed be bought out altogether’.

The letter also called for the owners to consult with season-ticket holders over any significant changes at the club and appoint independent directors to the board.

It concluded: ‘We request a response to this four-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.’

Full open letter to Joel Glazer 

Dear Joel,

The Fans Forum wrote to you and your senior management team on Friday. We don’t know if you saw it, but after the events of yesterday we trust your attention is now fully focused 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 a 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 fight 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.

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 re-balance the current ownership structure in the favour of supporters.

2. Immediately appoint independent directors to the board whose sole purpose is to protect the interests 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 four-point plan, in public and in writing, by Friday. 


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