Is there a “right” or a “wrong” way to protest? Surely this question is dependent on what the objective of the protest is set out to achieve, and if the desired outcome is obtained, then that would render the protest a success?
For 16 years the gluttonous Glazer’s have siphoned Manchester United of much needed revenue for their own financial benefit. Whilst the Glazer family have prospered, Old Trafford has been denied essential regeneration, we have witnessed the gradual decline of one of the most recognisable stadiums in world football.
For 16 years the gutless Glazer’s have refused to acknowledge the fans, there has been zero communication from them, not an iota of respect has been afforded to us. Sally Lockwood presented Avram Glazer with an opportunity to offer an apology, an explanation, what we got was consistent with what we have had for the last 16 years. Contemptuous silence.
For 16 years the grotesque Glazer’s, aided and abetted by the slippery Ed Woodward, have contributed to the sanitisation of football. Their notion of the ideal fan – as illustrated with their latest involvement with the formulation of ‘The European Super League’ – is one who will attend a match, sit quietly and maybe spend a small fortune in the mega store. The disdain for the so-called “legacy fan” could not be any clearer.
The protest on Sunday was a retaliation after 16 years worth of being treated as nothing other than a commodity. It isn’t just the Glazer’s who take advantage of a football fan’s love for their club. Sky and BT charge extortionate fees for a fan to be able to just watch a game of football. It wasn’t too long ago that during a pandemic that they deemed it appropriate to charge £15 per game. This protest was a necessary consequence of the insatiable greed that is poisoning the soul of English football.
United fans have been attacked, and it is a tired cliche, but attack is the best form of defence, and what better way to attack the Glazer’s and Sky than causing enough disruption to have their prime televised match postponed? The only language that these parasites understand is money, as soon as that is threatened, they will eventually have to listen.
A few 100 managed to breach security (or were willfully allowed in) and gain access to the pitch, these are now portrayed as a stain on football by the media, but what about the obscenely wealthy owners who are acting as leeches to Manchester United and the wider footballing world? It is so easy, and so very lazy to demonise football fans, and it is depressingly predictable for the powerful to be routinely protected. We are bored of it.
There is an image of a police officer circulating with a gash to his face, which inevitably the media are now force feeding us in a bid to further distract from the more prevalent issue at hand. Unsurprisingly, the same media outlets are not so keen to share the images and footage of overzealous police officer’s shoving a man with his arms folded to the ground.
Plenty of instances that occurred on Sunday many will disagree with, and they are entitled to do so. Though in my view, the “right” way to protest is the way that demands the changes that are required. If that means delaying, or postponing fixtures and hurting the pockets of those who continue to exploit fans; then so be it. A diluted apology from Joel Glazer will not suffice. The hollow promise of change is not enough. A compromise will not wash. We want change, we want our club back, and we will not rest until we achieve that.