Man Utd Supporters Trust explains protest against Old Trafford burglary in an open letter to Joel Glazer

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Manchester United Supporters Trust gives the Glazer family a Friday deadline to respond to their four-point change plan at Old Trafford – warning them further protests are inevitable if ignored

  • Man United Supporters Trust wrote a letter to Glazers after Sunday’s protests
  • The letter was addressed to Joel Glazer and contained a four-point plan for change
  • Angry fans protested against American owners at Old Trafford on Sunday
  • The MUST has called on the Glazers to ‘talk to fans’ after the ugly scenes
  • They gave them a deadline to respond on Friday and warned of more protests

The Manchester United Supporters Trust has written another letter to club chairman Joel Glazer urging him to listen to their complaints following Sunday’s protest at Old Trafford.

The rally against United’s US owners turned ugly when fans broke into the ground and clashed with police, forcing the match against Liverpool to be postponed.

MUST said it does not condone the violence, but called on the Glazers to connect with fans who feel “ increasingly sidelined and ignored. ”

Manchester United fans protested against American owners the Glazers on Sunday

United's Supporters Trust has written an open letter to Joel Glazer following Sunday's protests

The MUST has worked out a four-point plan for change and want the Glazers to respond on Friday

United’s Supporters Trust has written an open letter to Joel Glazer, giving him and his brother Avram until Friday to comment on their four-point plan for change at Old Trafford.

The letter said Sunday's protests were a `` culmination of 16 years of debt and decline '' under Avram Glazer (left) and Joel Glazer (right)

The letter said Sunday’s protests were a “ culmination of 16 years of debt and decline ” under Avram Glazer (left) and Joel Glazer (right)

The letter reads: ‘The Fans Forum wrote to you and your senior management team on Friday. We don’t know if you saw it, but after yesterday’s events, we trust that your attention is now fully focused on what happens next at Manchester United.

First of all, let’s be very clear that nobody wants what happened at Old Trafford yesterday to be a regular event. We are football fans and want to support our team. We don’t want to spend our days off protesting outside our football field.

But what happened was the culmination of 16 years where your family’s ownership of the club has driven us into debt and taken us down, and we felt increasingly sidelined and ignored.

Protests turned ugly as fans broke into Old Trafford, delaying Liverpool's game

Protests turned ugly as fans broke into Old Trafford, delaying Liverpool’s game

After 16 years, no member of the Glazer family has ever had a conversation with us, the club’s Supporters Trust. Yesterday, that frustration reached boiling point.

For the vast majority of the thousands in attendance at the protest, they raised their voices peacefully and respectfully. We support the right of fans to legally protest and, while we have not personally witnessed such acts, we naturally do not condone any form of violence.

‘None of us want this to continue. We all have better things to do. So we have to find a way forward. ‘

MUST submit another four-point plan for a fundamental restructuring of the club.

The MUST warned the Glazers that more protests are inevitable if fans are ignored

The MUST warned the Glazers that more protests are inevitable if fans are ignored

The four-point plan included a fan-led overhaul of football after the European Super League debacle

The four-point plan included a fan-led overhaul of football after the European Super League debacle

The letter not only called on the Glazers to partner with a fan-led government assessment of football following the European Super League debacle, but also urged them to implement a share scheme open to all. investors, meaning that the owners’ interest could be ‘reduced to a minority or even bought out altogether’.

The letter also called on owners to consult with season ticket holders about any significant changes at the club and to appoint independent directors to the board.

It concluded: ‘We are asking for a response to this four-point plan by Friday, both publicly and in writing. This is the only way to fix this problem. We strongly recommend that you take it. ‘

Full open letter to Joel Glazer

Dear Joel,

The Fans Forum sent you and your senior management team a letter Friday. We don’t know if you saw it, but after yesterday’s events we trust that your attention is now fully focused on what happens next at Manchester United.

First of all, let’s be very clear that no one wants what happened at Old Trafford yesterday to be a normal event. We are football fans and want to support our team. We don’t want to spend our days off protesting outside our football field. But what happened was a sixteen-year peak when your family’s ownership of the club drove us into debt and decay, and we felt increasingly sidelined and ignored. After sixteen years, no member of the Glazer family has ever had a conversation with us, the club’s Supporters Trust. Yesterday, that frustration reached boiling point. For the vast majority of the thousands in attendance at the protest, they raised their voices peacefully and respectfully. We support fans’ struggles to legally protest, and while we have not personally witnessed such acts, we obviously do not condone violence of any kind.

None of us want this to continue. We all have better things to do. So we have to find a way forward, and we have a four-point plan for you to do that:

1. Engage and promote the government-initiated fan-led revision of football willingly and openly, and use it as an opportunity to restore the current ownership structure to the benefit of supporters.

2. Immediately appoint independent directors to the board whose sole purpose is to protect the interests of the club as a football club, not its shareholders.

3. In general, work with the Manchester United Supporters Trust and supporters to create a share plan that is open to all and that has shares with the same voting rights as those of the Glazer family. Should the appetite be among the fans, then you should welcome the share of the Glazer Family and not resist it, which will be reduced to a minority or even bought out altogether.

4. Commit to fully consulting with season ticket holders regarding significant changes in the future of our club, including the leagues in which we play.

We will request a response to this four-point plan by Friday, both publicly and in writing.

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