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Last Updated: Friday, 13 May, 2005, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Glazer statement infuriates fans
Manchester United fans protest outside Old Trafford
Manchester United supporters have reacted angrily to a statement from Malcolm Glazer's son Joel saying his family are "avid United fans".

Glazer now owns 74.81% of United shares and only needs 75% to delist the club from the Stock Exchange.

Independent Manchester United Supporters' Association spokesman Mark Longden said: "That statement is an insult to human intelligence.

"Does this guy really think anyone will actually believe him?"

Longden added: "Maybe it should not be a surprise given what has gone before, but the ignorance of the Glazers about ordinary Manchester United fans is truly astonishing."

Fans have vowed to continue their battle against the Glazer family, calling for a mass boycott of club merchandise and the products of major club sponsors Vodafone and Nike.

We're confident we can affect turnover so it will make it impossible for him to continue
Sean Bones
Shareholders United
"The most recent poll suggested 93% of United fans were totally opposed to Malcolm Glazer's involvement with the club," said Shareholders United vice-chairman Sean Bones.

"He has to launch some kind of charm offensive and this is probably the start.

"But I doubt very much anyone will be taken in by it and our fight to get rid of him continues.

"We are urging all supporters to boycott any club merchandise and even refuse to buy a pint and a pie inside the ground on match days.

"Sponsors' products should also be avoided and eventually we hope the message will get through.

"We now know how much debt he has taken on. We know he has massive repayments to service and we are confident we can affect club turnover to such an extent it will be impossible for him to continue."


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