Sunday was a momentous day for Manchester United supporters, who successfully managed to get a Premier League game cancelled.
Protests against the Glazer family saw supporters prevent the players leaving the team hotel, while fans also managed to gain access to Old Trafford and got onto the pitch.
The reverberations from the day are still being felt, and with Monday being a bank holiday in England, you may have missed some of the fallout. Here is a look at a few of the key developments…
United pledge to take action
United issued a statement saying the club would look to prosecute any fans involved in criminal activity during the protests.
The statement also threatened: “[The club] will also issue its own sanctions to any season ticket holder or member identified.”
The club insisted it has no desire to see peaceful protestors prosecuted.
News hits Glazers’ home turf
The Tampa Bay Times reported on United supporters’ anger against the Glazers.
The story had a prominent placing on the sports section of the newspaper’s website, which was significant, on NFL Draft weekend.
Liverpool backed postponement
The other team due to be involved in Sunday’s game, Liverpool, published a statement saying they were in ‘full agreement’ with the decision to call off the fixture.
The statement read: “It is our position that public safety must be the number one factor in any such decision, with the ability to provide a secure environment for the participants, staff and officials being a particular priority.”
MUST issue a deadline request
The Manchester United Supporters Trust have published an open letter to Joel Glazer, which issues a demand for a public, written response ‘by Friday’.
The letter includes a proposal of a four-point plan for the Glazers to adhere to, including a request to back the UK Government in a review of how football clubs are run, and to appoint new independent directors to the club’s board.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson responded to the fan protests and said he understood the feelings among the support.
He was quoted by iNews: “I don’t think it’s a good idea to have disruptive behaviour, demonstrations of that kind. But on the other hand, I do understand people’s strength of feeling.
“And I think that it’s a good thing that we have been able to do things that make it pretty clear that the European Super League is not going to be appreciated by the people of this country, or by the Government.”
Johnson like many, misses the point that the protests are not about the Super League, but the Glazers themselves. Nonetheless, the fact he did not outright condemn the protests, was noteworthy.
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