The framing of Manchester United fan protests is depressing, but entirely predictable. The Glazers are toxic for #MUFC and football. Tribalism on this issue is entirely misplaced. Protestors aren't the problem, they're the solution.
The “this isn’t the way to protest” mob are also entirely misplaced. Fans have tried every other way but were failed by government. Failed by the Premier League. Failed by the club. They set up their own club. They are neither acknowledged nor respected. This was their only vent.
Protests are for those who need a voice; who are ignored and overlooked, who are sneeringly told to “know their place”. There are enough right-wing media outlets who will gaslight you into hating protests - don’t let football tribalism stop solidarity with rival fans protesting.
Effective protests are direct, non-violent and often uncomfortable, they set the narrative and make headlines. As predicted, the actions of a tiny number of morons are now being amplified to denounce and discredit the entire movement. This is typical of any protest, ever.
There is deeply troubling footage circulating of police behaviour at yesterday’s event, which has received little to no media coverage. Again, this is increasingly typical of British protests. Yet the public are nudged towards discrediting the protests based on a few morons.
“They’re protesting because of what is happening on the pitch” & "not spending money". Total uninformed nonsense. Fans have protested every step of the way, most notably in 2010 - when MUFC won 3 successive titles and were in UCL quarter-finals. This season is relatively good...
The Glazers have not put money into the club, they have not paid for transfers. They have loaded it with debt - that would have ruined almost any other sporting club. Between 2009-18, United paid an astonishing £131m more to service the Glazer debts than in the first-team squad.
The Glazers have not put money into the club nor paid for transfers. They have loaded it with debt and pocketed millions in dividends. Between 2009-18, United paid an astonishing £131m more to service the Glazer debts than into the first-team squad.
The demise of Old Trafford and the non-existent matchday experience are symbolic of the Glazer ownership. A decaying project without even basic levels of care or investment, nor the pretence that either is forthcoming. The owners never visit, so what does the stadium matter?
The Glazer ownership is a disaster-class in negligence & neglect, of devaluing your ‘product’, alienating your ‘consumers’ & hiring a specialist liar to brief misleading nonsense, believing fans are not capable of critical thought. Insulting, condescending, patronising.
This year, the Premier League still allowed a leveraged buyout of a club. Millionaires/billionaires buying a club with the club's own money, then load the club with the debt and pocket the revenue. It is a dysfunctional, broken system. Enough is enough.…

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