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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has hit the nail on the head with his explanation of the protests being “peaceful”.
Red Devils supporters broke onto the Old Trafford pitch two hours before their scheduled 4:30pm Premier League kick-of against Liverpool in protest against the club’s owners the Glazers, which has now been postponed.
With a group of almost 200 supporters getting into the ground, they threw flares at the Sky Sports platform before leaving with ‘balls, corner flags and camera equipment’.
Fans quickly left the area surrounding the ground once police stepped in, leading to descriptions of the protest as “peaceful”.
And Neville, who won the 1999 treble at the club under Sir Alex Ferguson, explained why their break-in at the ground was justified.
Speaking on Sky Sports from Old Trafford, the United hero said: “Today there is anger, I would hope tomorrow it switches to mobilisation and reform, regulation and behind a fan-led review.
“I might be a bit naive here, but when I spoke two weeks ago about these football clubs, Manchester United and Liverpool, they should act like the Grandfather of English football, demonstrating compassion, spreading their wealth through the family, their experience and being fair.
“They haven’t done, they’ve demonstrated self-greed and tried to walk away with all the money themselves and left their family struggling below.
“That is not what you do at this football club or at Liverpool Football Club, so whether the Glazer family has been good or bad, what happened two weeks ago is not acceptable and an apology is not good enough.
“Joel Glazer saying he wants to rebuild the trust with the fans of this club, he never had the trust, he’s never spoken to them, he’s never said a word.
“Today, we can be angry, the game may not go ahead, they’ve protested peacefully and we have to accept that you’re allowed to protest in this country and it’s every person’s right.
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“But tomorrow is about form and regulation because there are six or seven people within English football that have it under their control and that control has to be taken away from them.”
Neville, who has been a fierce critic of the Glazers since the European Super League fallout, also took the chance to once again criticised the owners.
“Look, I’ve never thought they were brilliant owners but I have seen in football that there are worse owners than the Glazer family,” Neville added.
“However, I think all football fans should unite today behind what Manchester United fans have done because honestly, what they did two weeks ago was really dangerous for English football, we must not forget that.
“They tried to create a famine two weeks ago in English football, in Dutch football, in German football, in French football, all over Europe.
“Those 15 clubs would have walked away from their leagues with their money and basically destroyed the ethos of the pyramid of relegation and promotion in English football, so that’s number one.
“It’s unforgivable what they did as a family two weeks ago. I get Graeme’s point around them paying themselves dividends.
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“We could go around the chippy tomorrow, make a bid, they could sell it, we own a chippy and the local public might not be happy with the new chips they’re getting, I get that principle of a free market.
“However, the Glazer family two weeks ago tried to implement something that would have damaged every single community in this country that has football at the heart of it.
“That’s why they’re dangerous – [Real Madrid owner Flornetino] Perez is dangerous, [Barcelona president Joan] Laporta, [Juventus president Andrea] Agnelli are all dangerous to the concept of equal opportunity and fair play.”
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