United owners issued Friday ultimatum by ‘ignored’ fans

 United owners issued Friday ultimatum by ‘ignored’ fans


Manchester United supporters have threatened further demonstrations unless the Glazer family responds to an ultimatum demanding significant improvements in how the club is run by Friday.



In the aftermath of the storming of Old Trafford and the postponement of Sunday's match against Liverpool, supporters say the best way to move forward is for the American owners to negotiate with the fanbase in order to avoid protests from being "a daily occurrence."


It was also announced that a police officer sustained "life-changing" eye injuries during clashes with protesters outside the stadium and that one arrest was made. The Football Association has announced an investigation into the security violations and has threatened United with a large fine.


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The Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST) has written an open letter to Joel Glazer, outlining a four-point proposal to which they expect a response by Friday.


“Let me be clear: no one wants what happened at Old Trafford yesterday to become a normal occurrence,” the letter said.


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“We don't want to waste our days off protesting outside our football stadium. But what happened was the culmination of 16 years in which your family's ownership of the club pushed us into debt and decline, and we felt increasingly marginalized and ignored.”


Their demands include a government review of football to "rebalance the existing ownership system in favor of fans," independent directors on United's board, the Glazers' shareholding reduced to a minority and consultation with season-ticket holders about club reforms.



“It is the only way to move this matter forward. We strongly advise you to take it,” the letter concluded after requesting a response.


United fans have been galvanized by the club's botched attempt to join the breakaway European Super League, which was attempted without their input.


United owners issued Friday ultimatum by ‘ignored’ fans


The postponement of the Liverpool game has created an urgent problem of when to reschedule the game with the other ESL rebels. Early indications are that it will take place on May 16, with Jurgen Klopp's team facing West Bromwich Albion earlier in the week rather than on FA Cup final weekend.


United will face an FA investigation into the security breach, with potential penalties including a points deduction or playing games next season behind closed doors, but history suggests a fine is more likely.


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According to the Greater Manchester Police Federation (GMPF), an officer was wounded on Sunday and sustained "life-changing" eye injuries as a result of a stab wound to the face. The injured officer was a police constable with about 20 years of experience, according to GMPF chairman Stu Berry, who represents the force's officers.


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