May 16, 2021

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‘A good thing’ – Carragher passionately defends Man Utd fan protests

Jamie Carragher described the scenes at Old Trafford today as ‘a good thing’ as he passionately defended the Manchester United fan protests.

A protest was staged outside Old Trafford ahead of Manchester United’s top-level game against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, with Red Devils fans expressing their anger at the club’s owners over the failed proposals from the European Super League.

United fans have had a bitter relationship with the Glazer family since their leveraged takeover in 2005, and as past protests have come and gone, their frustrations have again been heightened following the proposals released there. at two weeks.

Large numbers of fans gathered outside the team hotel in Manchester city center, while there were thousands more at Old Trafford, and several hundred made their way into the famous old stadium and to express their frustrations on the sacred ground.

The protests saw the game initially delayed, before finally being called off with the Premier League, citing safety and security in jeopardy.

Speaking after the postponement, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher said Sky Sports that he felt that the demonstration was on the whole “a good thing” despite the actions of a few “idiots”: “Do we want to see the supporters storm the stadiums on the left, on the right and in the center and cancel matches? No, we don’t! But I’m not someone who’s going to sit here and criticize Manchester United fans for today because I’m Liverpool.

“I think two weeks ago the fans came together across the Super League for the first time. I just looked on my phone and I see the reaction from Liverpool fans but you go back there a few weeks ago and Liverpool fans were involved in a bus [window being smashed] and received a lot of criticism. There will always be idiots who get involved.

“What the Manchester United fans did today I think is actually a good thing, in terms of protesting what you’re not happy about is happening at the club. There will always be one or two people who go too far.

“Should this ruin everyone?” No, and that shouldn’t dominate when it comes to other clubs, but I see supporters of other clubs trying to score points, but supporters protesting what is wrong with your football club. , I’m behind it, whether it’s Newcastle fans with Mike Ashley, Arsenal supporters against [Stan] Kroenke, whoever it is.

“If there are a few idiots doing stupid things nobody here will tolerate it, we lost a football game here today, but you know what, the position I’m in, I accept it. What United fans have been through in the last 10 or 15 years – and when I say move on, I mean what they did at their football club – they are not happy about it and should be able to protest. And when you have so many people who are upset and protesting, there will be some idiots and it will dominate the news.

“But it happens to fans all the time. We saw it with the Liverpool fans, where a clip goes all over the place when there are a lot of other people doing really good things, and the same goes with the fans from top to bottom of this. country.

“I don’t want this to be used by fans scoring Manchester United points, and I don’t like to see it about my own club or other fans.

“What we got two weeks ago was great; the fans all get together. I know it will never stay that way, I’m not naive to think about it, but your Manchester United supporters put on a show. Overall, the main focus was unhappiness with their owners and what happened a few weeks ago.

“If you’re not happy with your owners, you should be able to demonstrate. The majority of Manchester United fans I spoke to here were peaceful. “

Images on social media showed a protester launching a flare to the media where figures like Carragher and Graeme Souness were gathered, and while Souness was scathing in his criticism, Carragher again passionately defended fan protests and hoped there wouldn’t be. a negative story painted in the media.

“From my childhood, 40 years back, the way football fans were treated in certain situations, I think about my own city and the club I love and how it was portrayed after two disasters, Heysel and Hillsborough, and it’s clearly not beside that, ”he added.

“But what I’m trying to say is don’t try to paint this just because of some idiots, because someone threw a can or a flare.” I always defend Manchester United fans.

“Let’s not forget it’s against ownership of this football club, I go back further when I was a kid and how football fans were treated and how they were portrayed in the media on the backs of a few idiots.

“The Manchester United fans are here because they are pissed off with the way their football club is being run. Should they storm the land? Should they launch a flare? No, but we are talking about thousands of people.

“We saw the Arsenal fans [protesting]we saw Chelsea fans trying to quit a game until Petr Cech came out and dropped out of the Super League. I’m sure Liverpool fans can do something similar.

“I stay with any football fan in this country because overall they are very good people who love their football clubs, and that’s what the Manchester United fans have done today. .

“Football fans are portrayed as animals, and we may see that on the front and back pages tomorrow, but the majority of Manchester United fans have come here for a peaceful protest and hope this message will not be ruined.

“Let’s not forget why this was done, why this protest took place, and why any other group of supporters in their place would have done exactly the same.”

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