While Manchester United was one of the twelve founding clubs of the Super League, about twenty fans expressed their anger towards the Glazers, among the initiators of the project, Thursday morning in Carrington.
For the supporters, the Super League affront is still struggling to pass. The day after the formalization of Manchester United’s abandonment of the project of a new European super-competition, as confirmed by almost all of the twelve founding clubs, Mancunian fans gathered Thursday morning in front of Carrington, the center of training of the Red Devils.
About 20 individuals have temporarily blocked the entrances to the training ground twenty minutes from Old Trafford, in protest against the club’s American owners, the Glazers, and their willingness to take part in the controversial Super League. There would have been no violence a priori, while the photos show fans ordered in their little power and not really worried by the security services.
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“Glazers Out”, “We decide when you play”, “51% MUFC”
We see in these pictures posted on a few United follower accounts of fans waving banners that read “Glazers Out”, “We decide when you play”, and “51% MUFC” (51% of Manchester United Football Club, in reference to the ownership model applied since 1998 in the Bundesliga where the supporters hold a majority stake in the clubs, editor’s note).
According to the Twitter account “Red Issue”, “a police car and a riot van” arrived on the scene, leaving all the same the demonstrators and Ole Gunnar Solskjær “to exchange their points of view”, the coach from Mancunien being accompanied by his assistants Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher, as well as midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to the Daily Mail.
The Glazers, American billionaires and owners of the Mancunian club since the early 2000s, were among the architects of the Super League project which collapsed in less than 48 hours this week, after protests from all sides from the fans, experts and even governments. United co-owner Joel Glazer issued an open letter to club supporters on Wednesday. He then apologized for having participated in the project.