Manchester United legend Gary Neville comes to the aid of protestors involved in ‘peaceful’ defiance
Thousands of United supporters came out in support of the anti-Glazers movement and made a point that resonated across the league. Not only was the United team’s bus thronged with red smoke but a number of fans also got onto the Old Trafford turf.
While some have questioned the actions, Neville for one is not having it. He has now come to their rescue and has defended their actions today.
A group of almost 200 supporters got into the ground. They threw flares at the Sky Sports platform before leaving with ‘balls, corner flags and camera equipment.
Fans, however, quickly exited the area once police stepped in. While they broke in, they did not resort to violence and the action was largely peaceful.
Neville believes fans have had enough of their American owners and are justified in their cause. He, for one, did not find anything wrong in the protests.
“Today there is anger, I would hope tomorrow it switches to mobilisation and reform, regulation and behind a fan-led review.”
The United legend believes every citizen of the country has the right to protest peacefully. United fans have done just that and they are entitled to do that.
“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.”
Neville also attempted a potshot at Joel Glazer for his botched efforts in ‘restoring trust’ amongst the fans. He believes Glazer never had any trust, to begin with.
“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.”
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Neville is not wrong in claiming that the fans have the right to protest peacefully. Despite their action there were no injuries or proprty damage and fans did not take on the authorities physically.
The Glazers have largely turned a blind eye to what the fans think. If anything they have given these supporters no choice but to escalate the protests in order to make themselves heard.
The game between Liverpool and United has now been postponed and will played on a later date.