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Smoke bomb at Manchester United in anti-Glazer protest


Police clear angry Man Utd protesters

Angry Manchester United fans have set off a smoke bomb outside Old Trafford as part of a mass protest against the club's American owners, the Glazers.

Hundreds of fans congregated outside the ground ahead of the final game of the season against Stoke, chanting and brandishing placards.

The smoke bomb was set off outside the club's Megastore.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed one smoke bomb had been set off but said there were no injuries or arrests.

Green and gold

The Glazers took over at Old Trafford five years ago. Critics said the family borrowed money to buy the club and saddled it with massive debts.

Fans have launched a campaign to oust them, many boycotting the traditional red shirts and scarves and instead wearing green and gold, the original colours of Newton Heath, the amateur side which was founded in 1878 and became Manchester United.

Protesters handed out green and gold flags and placards and whistles, which they claimed was to "blow full-time on the Glazer family", before the game.

Avram Glazer, the co-chairman of Manchester United, had been due to attend the game but was unable to fly because of the ongoing ash cloud disruption.

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