The Manchester United Trust (MUST) wrote an open letter to owner Joel Glaser, urging the club’s hierarchy to work with them to find a friendly solution to the current chaos.
Thousands of United fans stormed Old Trafford on Sunday at the start of a game against Liverpool in protest against the Glaziers. Disappointment with their participation in the Super League’s split plans was clear, but disgust with the owners dates back to their arrival at the club in 2005.
Calls for the Glazers to sell out and leave so far have fallen on deaf ears, and with further protests planned, it MUST write to American businessmen to try to come up with a mutually beneficial solution to restore some form of normalcy.
First, let’s be very clear that no one wants what happened at Old Trafford [on Sunday] to be a regular event “, the letter reads.
“We are football fans and we want to support our team. We don’t want to spend our weekends protesting off our football pitch. But what happened was the culmination of sixteen years in which your family’s ownership of the club pushed us into debt and decline, and we felt increasingly removed and ignored.
“Sixteen years later, no member of the Glaser family has had so much conversation with us, the club’s trustees. This disappointment has reached a boiling point. For most of the thousands who attended the protest, they heard their voices peacefully and respectfully. We support the right of fans to protest legally and, although we have not personally witnessed such actions, we certainly do not justify acts of violence.
“None of us wants this to continue. We all have better things to do. So we need to find a way forward and have a four-point plan to do that:
“1. Willingly and openly engage and promote the government review of football under the guidance of fans and use this as an opportunity to balance the current ownership structure in favor 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 and not of its shareholders.
“3. Work with the Manchester United trust and supporters more broadly to introduce a sharing scheme that is accessible to all and that has shares with the same voting rights as those held by the Glaser family. Should the appetite be is among the fans then you should welcome and not oppose the fact that the shareholding of the Glaser family will be reduced to a minority or will really be bought out in full.
“4. Commit to a full consultation with season ticket holders of any significant changes in the future of our club, including the competitions in which we play
“We want a four-point answer to this plan, publicly and in writing, by Friday. This is the only way to continue this question. We strongly recommend that you take it.”
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