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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 June, 2005, 09:21 GMT 10:21 UK
Fans react to protests at Old Trafford

A Man Utd fan burns their season ticket renewal form
A Man Utd fan burns a season ticket renewal form
Football fans have been flooding the BBC's 606 message boards with their opinions of Man Utd supporters protests against the Glazer family.

Joel, Avi and Bryan Glazer had to leave Old Trafford in police vans on Wednesday after fans angry at the £790m takeover protested outside the stadium. The Glazer brothers, sons of new owner Malcolm, were making their first visit to the club since taking it over.

Barriers were erected around the ground as fans tried to stop the Glazers leaving and two arrests were made.

Here is a selection of comments from the message boards and from callers and guests on Five Live's Phil Williams phone-in show.


All these protests are pathetic and the people involved look stupid. To only be able to get a few hundred fans to protest against Glazer in the home city of their club is sad. If there is this ground swell of opposition to Glazer then why weren't there thousands protesting? Paddy on 606

It's every person's right to protest. Let's hope the new owners listen to the fans protests and run the club for the fans. Arsenal fan Stephen by text to Five Live

I am embarrassed to be a Utd fan today. When are these "supporters" going to learn that not all fans think the same and that they are losing us support. We are not making any friends with this minority of people. How can we sort this problem out? Steveidvd on 606

Man Utd fans attempt to attack the Glazers! I say ban them from McTrafford for life. Why don't they go and support the FC United team and fade away. Complete and utter morons. Henry Ramsay on 606

I can't see Glazer or his sons actually turning up at Old Trafford because the repercussions would be enormous. It's something the fans feel strongly about and you can understand that but they have to accept that as a plc company this sale could have happened. Former Man Utd player Arthur Albiston

As people say, they had a right to buy the club. But people also have a right to protest against such action. its called the little man standing up for himself. clearly they cant fight him financially. JJ Rambo on 606

At first, as a Newcastle fan, I thought it would be a bad idea for Glazer to take over, and had some very interesting conversations with a few Man Utd fans prior to the FA Cup Semi-Final in Cardiff, so much so I bought, and wore, an "Anti-Glazer" wristband from them. However, with time, and more knowledge about Glazer - it has turned out that it will be a good move. I think it is the time for them to accept it has happened, and it will be a good thing for the club. The guy isn't a mug, and he isn't going to milk the club dry - he has sound business sense, and so do his sons. Andy Lee on 606

People are very angry with the Glazers. The people putting forward the boycotts are not extremists, we are very well organised football fans. We have a supporters trust, we have organised boycott plans in place and what we also have is a club (FC United) for those people who no longer go to Old Trafford because they feel it's been invaded. Colin Hendry of the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association

Please do not tarnish all of us with the same brush... Not every United fan, in fact MOST United fans are waiting to see what happens now, only a very small minority are very disgruntled. Rooney is the new king on 606

I think a lot of the fans are totally frustrated, but that's what they are, just fans. The club is run by businessmen..I think the Glazers have handled it like businessmen. At the end of the day it's a business not football. I'm a passionate Evertonian, but I know I can do nothing against the people who run Everton football club. Gary from Warrington on Five Live

Because of all the stuff that's been talked about, and we've had the extreme fans from the so-called Manchester Education Committee, who've already been violent and have daubed one of the director's cars with paint I think the police had to be on their toes. They had to have a presence there, they had to bring the riot police in as opposed to your ordinary bobbies, and of course once you get people who are innately aggressive and get a bit of aggression back there's going to be trouble. I don't blame the police and I understand where the fans are coming from. But they've gone down this road of confrontation and when you get confrontation you get extremists and you get trouble. Manchester journalist David Meek on Five Live

Malcom Glazer did not "steal" the club. He bought it. He bought it with his own money and the money of hard-headed bankers... Where Glazer HAS gone wrong is he's had a mushroom effect on the Man Utd supporters.He's not realised and he's not respected where Manchester United support is coming from. He's treated them like mushrooms, kept them in the dark and poured rubbish on them and he's got to now come out and say exactly what his plan is. Michael at Old Trafford on Five Live

I'm becoming increasingly out of step with Shareholder United's naive, schoolboy logic and playground bullying tactics. Edwards, plc shareholders, the Glazers; they are all similarly motivated. My money won't stay in the Phoenix fund if SU don't grow up fast. TSIFC on 606

Just to add the counter argument to the "wait and see" brigade, I am proud to be a United fan after last night. The Glazers needed to be sent a message, and they were sent it. If they are thinking twice about returning to Old Trafford then I'm happy about that. Stu Utd on 606

At a time when Man Utd now needs positive press, this is harming the club more than their fans actually think. I still can't honestly believe people are stupid enough to think Glazer has purchased this club to ruin it. But the simple fact is what we saw on the television last night is tarnishing the name of Manchester Utd whether the fans are proud of it or not. Al McMillan on 606

I think the protesting fans are heroes. All the fans who do nothing, who would sleepwalk to a firing squad through sheer apathy deserve everything they get. Is nothing worth fighting for? Pete in Stroud by text to Five Live

United fans showed themselves in a brilliant light last night - in the middle of the summer to mobilise 600 people, when no announcement has been made, just to tell Malcom Glazer he's not welcome at Old Trafford. Danny from Preston on Five Live

These protesters are not playground bullies - they are the backbone of United¿s support and have been for many years. Last nights hastily arranged protest was only the beginning and the Glazers can expect more of the same whenever they visit Manchester. All protests should remain peaceful, but as football fans we do not have the same civil rights as other groups of people who feel strongly about an issue close to their hearts. As always, the paying customer has no voice. If we try to speak-up, we are confronted by riot police and dogs. This gives the false impression of an "ugly-riot" on TV. Chris on 606

It's about time this minority of fans wake up and smell the coffee. What decade are they living in? Premiership football is a fully professional sport with franchises, TV rights, sponsors, corporate branding, rich players, richer agents and millions of fans worldwide. Protest against Glazer? What for? You're protesting against a multi-billion pound machine that started 50 years ago and is not going to stop for a bunch of flag burning fans. Either stay on for the ride, or join up with FC United. You can't have it both ways. 50 on 606


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