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25th Jun 2022

Man United fan group target club’s London offices for latest Glazer protest

Simon Lloyd

‘These leeches need to go’

A Manchester United supporters group have staged a protest against the Glazer family’s ownership outside the club’s London offices.

The 1958, a recently formed group whose members coordinated a series of protest marches before United games, visited the offices in Mayfair on Friday, where they unfurled a large flag.

‘We thought we’d pay a visit to the United offices in mayfair today to show our disgust at the leeches taking money out of a failing business,’ a tweet from the group explained.

United paid £11m in dividends to shareholders on Friday

This came on the same day United were set to pay £11m in dividends to shareholders, with the majority of the money going to the Glazer family.

The timing of this, with United yet to add any new signings to their squad following their disastrous 2021/22 season has sparked outrage from across an already frustrated fanbase.

Gary Neville, who has been extremely vocal in his criticism of the Glazers’ ownership of United in the last year, tweeted earlier on Friday that the dividends payments should be halted and the money invested into the club.

1958 protest follows Richard Arnold’s meeting with fans

The latest 1958 protest comes less than a week after United CEO Richard Arnold met with supporters in a local pub to prevent a planned protest from taking place outside their home.

Protesters had intended to stage a peaceful and legal protest outside Arnold’s property last Saturday afternoon. Instead, Arnold intercepted them at the nearby pub, which was being used as a meeting point.

He sat down with the group to discuss a number of issues, including dressing room leaks, United’s transfer plans and a frank assessment of the money spent by United over the last decade.

Despite some reports claiming otherwise, the planned protest outside Arnold’s home was not organised by The 1958, though a member of the group told JOE “a couple” of the group were involved in it.

United have declined to make further comment on Saturday’s events, but a spokesperson did say that fan dialogue with the club is best carried out via established channels, including the Fans’ Advisory Board, Fans’ Forum, and via Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST).

MUST have recently expressed their frustration at the Glazers’ failure to come good on promises made to supporters in the wake of the failed European Super League.

Joel Glazer told supporters the club would allow supporters to build a meaningful stake in the club through a Fan Share Scheme. This, however, is yet to materialise in the 14 months since the Super League plot fell apart.

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