Premier League: Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville backs fan protest in opposition to membership homeowners

The Glazers had been already unloved after presiding over a decline in United’s fortunes lately following their controversial takeover in 2005.

File picture of Gary Neville. AFP

Manchester: Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has backed offended followers whose dramatic protest in opposition to the Glazer household pressured Sunday’s recreation in opposition to Liverpool to be postponed.

A whole lot of United supporters gathered exterior Previous Trafford hours earlier than the kick-off set at 3.30pm GMT to point out their disgust in direction of the membership’s homeowners primarily based in the USA.

About 200 folks pressured their method into the stadium, combating in opposition to the stewards and the safety fence.

They ran throughout the sector, unleashed flares, broken sections of the sector, and held up anti-Glazer banners.

The ugly scenes had been ultimately quelled contained in the stadium, however riot police, with some on horseback, had been wanted to repel the hostile crowds from Previous Trafford after bottles and different missiles had been launched.

The Glazers had been already unloved after presiding over a decline in United’s fortunes lately following their controversial takeover in 2005.

It was their main position within the latest failed European Tremendous League plot that rekindled the fury of United followers.

Neville, an outspoken critic of the Glazers and the Tremendous League, was fast to again the protesters for taking a stand.

“The rationale these followers got here out right this moment is as a result of they’ve had sufficient,” Neville advised Sky Sports activities.

“I believe this can be a warning to the homeowners of the soccer membership that the supporters won’t settle for what they’ve performed.

“If there was any disruption I do not assume that is acceptable. However the actuality is the sport was referred to as off and the followers have spoken.

“It is not going to go away as a result of they do not belief and love the membership homeowners. They assume they need to go away.”

“On the finish of the day, the ball is within the homeowners’ courtroom as to what they do subsequent. The followers have been highly effective. They stood up for what is true.”

‘That is only the start’

Former Neville Manchester United captain Roy Keane believes the protesters are so bored with the Glazers they’re positive to trigger extra issues sooner or later.

“United followers have had sufficient. They’re doing it as a result of they love the membership. It is not simply the previous couple of weeks and the Tremendous League, it has been constructing for years. They assume sufficient is sufficient,” stated.

“This has been the event of the previous couple of years. The management of the membership has not been ok.

“Once they take a look at the homeowners they assume it is about being profitable. I believe United followers are doing this as a result of they love the baby.

“Folks may disagree, however typically it’s a must to put a marker on it for folks to note it. It’ll go everywhere in the world. Hope the homeowners see that the followers are extraordinarily severe.

“There’s extra to return, that is simply the beginning for Man Utd followers, I assure that.”

There was a celebration environment amongst followers exterior Previous Trafford when the sport was postponed and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher refused to sentence the protests.

“Do we would like the followers to storm the stadiums on the left and the middle and for the video games to be referred to as off? No, we’re not,” he stated.

“However I am not going to sit down right here and criticize Man Utd followers. I believe it is a good factor to protest to not be proud of what occurred on the membership.”

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