Photos: Man United fans break into club’s training ground to stage protest against Glazers
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A large group of Manchester United supporters gained access to the club’s Carrington training base on Thursday, to stage protests against the Glazer family.
The move on the part of the Red Devils faithful of course comes amid the continued backlash stemming from plans for a new European Super League.
For those unaware of the situation, last Sunday, a dozen of the continent’s top clubs – including six from the Premier League – unveiled plans to break away from the current structures of the game, to form a ‘Super League’.
The initiative was built up as a Champions League alternative of sorts, which would have seen a total of 20 sides from across the continent vie it for the title each season.
The main issue drawn with the competition, however, was its ‘closed shop’ format, meaning 15 of the clubs involved would have been guaranteed involvement without requiring qualification.
MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 16: President Florentino Perez of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid v Atalanta Bergamo at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on March 16, 2021 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Such plans, combined with the fact that the Super League was widely viewed as little more than a play on the part of the rich to get even richer, quickly resulted in widespread condemnation, and protests.
In turn, on Tuesday evening, less than 48 hours after its initial announcement, the project collapsed, when Chelsea and Manchester City were followed in departing by the rest of the Premier League’s ‘big six’.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Spurs have all formally withdrawn from the European Super League.
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The fallout stemming from the situation, however, has since continued.
Supporters across the continent have made use of the opportunity to push those responsible for the ESL out of their respective clubs.
The most high-profile thus far of course came at Manchester United, where Ed Woodward stepped down from his role as executive vice-chairman late on Tuesday night.
HULL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Ed Woodward arrives at the stadium during the Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester United at KCOM Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Hull, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
And, this afternoon, efforts to bring about further change at Old Trafford have stepped up.
This comes after a large group of Red Devils supporters managed to gain access to the club’s training ground, to stage a protest against the Glazer family.
The individuals involved blocked the entrance to Carrington, and even managed to make their way onto the first-team pitch.
The move comes amid a concerted push to convince Joel Glazer and co. to sell the club, after the American businessman played a central role in the establishment of the Super League.
Breaking: Man United fans have blocked the entrance at the club’s training ground in protest against the Glazers and plans to enter a European Super League.
They have made their way onto the first team pitch 😳
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