In Layman’s terms… Enough is Enough! #GlazersOUT
Today, my article was meant to be a mixture of the events happening on and off the pitch regarding the United v Liverpool game yesterday. For those who don’t know and have been living under a rock, the match was postponed due to the #GlazersOUT protest held by over 10 thousand United fans. An astonishing number.
Fans were out in force at Old Trafford for the protest that was arranged on Twitter and other avenues over the past week. The key factor being, not only was it a televised game and would make the most of the exposure, but it was the biggest game in the English football calendar.
The fans gathered outside the Megastore just by the Trinity Statue from 1 pm onwards. The bright red flares of Manchester United and the Green and Gold of Newton Heath intertwining together on the forecourt. The Green and Gold colours have been used in relation to the dislike of the Glazer ownership for years. Hand-made signs and banners were also at large.
Throughout the afternoon, I sat here in my box room at University watching all the videos of what was happening, full of goosebumps and regret at not being there with the United faithful. Other than the odd idiot who took the protesting too far and threw flares at the Sky pundits and injured a steward, I do not condone any of these actions, the rest of the crowd did it all peacefully and respectfully.
There is a lot of talk about whether or not the fans breaking into the ground and getting onto the pitch was over the top and needed. In my view, the fans have had enough. A statement needed to be made. And that certainly helped. It is all that is being talked about all over the world. Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher both said on Sky that the fans who came into the ground and got onto the pitch caused no issue and were just there to make themselves noticed and heard.
But it goes to show how little the club cared about their employees in a way regarding this whole situation. This was an organised protest, everyone knew it was going to happen. Yet the club didn’t get in any extra security or help to keep the place secure. People were laughing at how easy the stewards let the fans into the ground and through the barriers on the outside. But who blames them? The club doesn’t even pay them the national living wage!
Overall, the protest achieved what it was set out to do. The fans didn’t want the game to go ahead, that’s the size of the statement that was intended. A group of 300 fans were protesting outside the Lowry hotel where the United team were due to make their journey to Old Trafford. There were chants of “We decide when you play” echoing around. James Cooper on Sky Sports said that Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Scott Mctominay, and Nemanja Matic all wanted to go outside and talk to the fans regarding the situation, but were denied by club security. This reportedly angered the players.
The match was finally called off at 5.35 pm. A United statement read: “Following discussion between the Police, The Premier League, Trafford Council, and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today. Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the fixture.
“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest.
“However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations.”
At the end of the day, as a United fan, I am proud of our fanbase for once again standing up to these leeches that constantly take, take and take out of our club. To the people who are saying we are only protesting because we are not winning, You couldn’t be more wrong. We have protested against these owners since they took over in 2005. Enough is enough and we want them gone. I just hope this leads to something. I hope the Glazers are taking note. As Roy Keane said in the studio, this is only the beginning! We want our club back #GlazersOUT
For further information refarding the situation click here to see Sky Sports update.
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