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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 June, 2005, 09:28 GMT 10:28 UK
Man Utd shares leave stock market
Man Utd fans protesting outside Old Trafford
Malcolm Glazer's takeover infuriated Man Utd supporters
Shares in Manchester United have been delisted from the London Stock Exchange after 14 years on the market.

The action had been widely expected following the takeover of the club by US entrepreneur Malcolm Glazer.

The move means remaining shareholders will have to trade shares privately if they want to buy or sell them.

Mr Glazer owns 97.3% of United shares, but this is expected to rise past 97.6% - a level which would allow him to buy the remaining shares compulsorily.

An update on the precise level of Mr Glazer's share ownership is expected by Monday, the deadline he set for shareholders to sell their remaining shares to him for 3 each.

Mr Glazer, who owns NFL franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers, became the majority shareholder of the club on 16 May in a 790m takeover.

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