UK Man United fans give the Glazers a day they will never forget last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- Man Utd fans protesting against the Glazers' ownership of their club managed to get the Premier League game with Liverpool called off.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! They came in their thousands to Old Trafford, the first time crowds of this size have descended on this place in almost 14 months, but they didn't come to see a game of football, but to make sure nobody got to see a game of football. On an unprecedented afternoon, around 5,000 Manchester United fans made their voices heard like never before. While the world waited for English football's biggest game, nobody was talking about the football. Fans of all ages made their disgust at the Glazers' ownership of their club clear. Legacy fans and those fans who don't have the attention span for 90 minutes spent the best part of four hours causing so much disruption to English football that it was impossible to ignore them, even if you wanted too. And there was a family watching on from Florida who really wanted to ignore them. But this time the habit of 16 years had to be broken. For Joel Glazer and his siblings, the noise would have been deafening, carrying across the Atlantic and landing like a right hand into the pit of their stomach. They might be able to ignore green and gold scarves being twirled inside Old Trafford, but when their cash cow doesn't come out to be milked, that's another matter entirely. As the rain poured down just before 1pm there were already a few hardy souls trudging down Sir Matt Busby Way, clutching beer cans and huddled under waterproof jackets. But just as football supporters around the country and pundits were on their side, so was the weather. Within 45 minutes the clouds had parted and the hundreds had become thousands, gathering near the Trinity statue of George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton. Read More Related Articles Manchester United protest LIVE updates as Man Utd vs Liverpool postponed after mass protest Read More Related Articles Manchester United players leave team hotel after Liverpool fixture postponed Green and gold smoke filled the air while vendors who will never miss an opportunity to cash in flogged scarves and t-shirts in the same colours. It's more than a decade since those Newton Health colours were the predominant scheme amongst Old Trafford regulars, but if that protest eventually subsided, it was clear the stakes had been raised this time. That was made obvious by the fact so many outside Old Trafford were clutching phones to see what was happening at The Lowry. The United fans surrounding the team hotel had already made their intentions clear. This wasn't a protest to show dissatisfaction at 16 years of Glazer ownership, but to hit them where it really hurts. That was the first sign that this was going to be a significant day and more than just a visible and noisy gathering outside the ground. At Old Trafford banners were hooked to fences down Sir Matt Busby way and placards were held in the air - many humorous, some offensive, all anti-Glazer - as protesters began to go through their repertoire of songs. Most of them were focused on the Glazers, although some didn't miss the opportunity to bring out the section of the Old Trafford songbook titled 'Liverpool'. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now This was a protest that was due to start at 2pm and a large section of the forecourt around the statue and outside the club shop had been cordoned off by red barriers, given those who wanted to show their dissent enough room to do just that. But as the clock ticked round to 2pm the mass of bodies were on the move. What will worry senior United figures is just how coordinated this protest may have been, at the ground and at The Lowry. The barriers at Old Trafford were powerless to prevent thousands of fans from moving towards the Munich Tunnel, eventually congregating near the entrance to the tunnel and outside the away end. While the anti-Glazer chants filled the air, there were also renditions of 'You are my Solskjaer', as well as regular outbursts of 'Red Army' and 'United'. It was from that corner of the ground where a couple of hundred of the protesters managed to find a way into the stadium and onto the pitch. From that moment onwards the chances of a game taking place at Old Trafford today were almost non-existent.
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. Sky Sports showed them making their point on the pitch, with smoke bombs going off and anti-Glazer banners waved. Back outside fans clambered onto the roof of the old ticket office and onto a smaller roof opposite, waving banners demanding fan ownership of the club they've seen fleeced by an anonymous family in America. Some fans still remained inside the ground and a group would often wave manically out of a window near the boardrooms at the protesters below.
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As the clock edged closer towards the scheduled kick-off time, some fans headed home, while others returned carrying crates of beer, the signal that they were in this for the long haul. At 3.30pm there was the bizarre sight of the Premier League app confirming the teams, despite the players remaining confined to their hotel rooms, no doubt watching developments unfold on TV. At that stage there were whispers around Old Trafford of delayed kick-offs. Sky Sports would want a game on, while the room for rescheduling is slim indeed, but that could have become a battle of wills. It certainly looked like the heart of the protest at Old Trafford was going nowhere, but that all changed when a small minority started throwing empty beer bottles at the police at around 4.20pm, with the police taking that as their invitation to respond. Initially, they moved the protesters back 20 yards from the Munich Tunnel, but when those red barriers that had been breached two-and-a-half hours earlier started coming towards the police, they swiftly put an end to the protest. Three mounted officers came in and the police on the ground took their batons out to disperse the crowd in two groups. Within five minutes the remaining group of maybe 2,000 protesters had been completely cleared and the forecourt outside Old Trafford stood empty, aside from a few remaining police officers, plenty of empty beer bottles and hundreds of discarded smoke bombs, the remnants of an afternoon that nobody will forget in a hurry.
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The stadium might have been cleared and the protest outside Old Trafford ended, but there were still no teams. Outside the usual entrance for team coaches, on John Gilbert Way, a smattering of fans remained, alongside half-a-dozen journalists waiting for confirmation that the stars of show would arrive. Then, at 5.35pm, just as the second half should have been underway, came confirmation that the game had been called off. Young men had kicked footballs around Old Trafford on Sunday, but this time it would have made the Glazers' wince. This was a protest they couldn't hide from and an outcome they will shudder at. It was only two weeks ago that the European Super League first came onto our radar. For 16 years the Glazers have ridden out the occasional storm and stayed anonymous to keep the dividends coming in. But Joel Glazer might rue the day he signed the club he owns from a distance up to a closed shop enterprise that sickened football fans up and down the country. Outside The Lowry fans celebrated the news that the game had been postponed. This wasn't a victory for United, or a victory for Liverpool, but a victory for football fans. A day when the power in the people's game began to return to the people. What the Glazers made of it is anyone's guess, but make no mistake, this was the day their iron-clad grip of Manchester United began to loosen just a little.
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