Manchester United fans are planning further protests against the Glazers after the break-in at Old Trafford, which canceled the derby against Liverpool. Club legend Roy Keane insists this is only the beginning of a backlash against American owners
Manchester United fans have insisted that further action is planned after their protests and Sunday’s assault on Old Trafford reportedly resulted in the Premier League game against Liverpool being postponed.
The protests were directed against the unpopular American owners, the Glazers, and organizers have insisted that events on Sunday will be followed by further attacks on the club over family ownership and support for the abandoned European Super League, the Times claims.
Fans said they felt “broke and ignored” after United was criticized for their role in launching the maligned European Super League, despite fan opposition to the Glazers long before the runaway competition.
Manchester United fans are reportedly already planning further protests against Glazer
Thousands of fans gathered outside Old Trafford on Sunday to protest the owners
The Premier League game against Liverpool set for Sunday has been postponed due to the events
The Red Devils tightened their stadium security protocols after around 200 protesters broke into Old Trafford, lit torches, threw bottles and clashed with police in controversial scenes, despite much of the protest being peaceful.
The Times report that “more demonstrations are planned” within the United fan base.
It should be noted that United’s next home game against Leicester City on May 12 and the replay of the Liverpool game are potential targets for such action. A date for the newly arranged game with Jürgen Klopp’s team has not yet been set.
A letter from the Manchester United Supporters Trust stated: “Nobody wants what happened yesterday at Old Trafford to happen on a regular basis. We don’t want to spend our days off protesting outside our soccer field.
Avram Glazer (left) and his brother Joel (right) are unpopular among the Red Devils
And it is reported that planning for further demonstrations by supporters is already under way
“But what happened was the culmination of 16 years in which your family’s ownership of the club drove us into debt and decline and we always felt aloof and ignored.”
Manchester United, the Premier League and the FA are all investigating Sunday’s events, with United facing potential sanctions for security breaches.
A statement by the club said: “After some demonstrators broke barriers and security measures in the forecourt, they climbed through the gates at the end of the Munich tunnel and then forced access to a side door in the booth before opening an outer door through the others could pass through the hall area and the playing field.
A second violation occurred when a protester smashed the door of an accessible elevator and gave a group access to the stand.
Red Devil icon Roy Keane said on Sunday that he believed this was just the start of demonstrations
“The majority of our fans have and will condemn criminal harm and any violence against club staff, police or other fans, and these are now becoming a police matter.”
A Premier League spokesman added: “The actions of a minority of those present at Old Trafford on Sunday are unjustified and are being investigated by the Premier League and the FA, as well as Greater Manchester Police.”
Red Devil icon Roy Keane gave his opinion on Sunday, stating that he believed the disturbing scenes are only a sign of what is to come.
He said, “Sometimes you have to put a marker up there to make people aware of it, and that’s going to happen all over the world now, and people have to sit up and take notice.
Hopefully the owners of Man United will say “these fans are dead serious” and more to come. This is just the beginning for United fans, highlight my words.
“This is just the beginning for United fans and they plan for the United owners to give in and sell the club.”