Manchester United supporters have unveiled plans for a mass protest march against the Glazer family later this month, Goal.com UK can reveal.
It will take place before the club’s televised home Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, October 30.
The fresh anti-Glazer protests have been sparked by the club’s latest annual figures, which revealed last Friday that United had record losses of £83.6 million despite posting record turnover and operating profit figures.
Organisers say the march has been timed not only to build on the increasing anger among supporters towards the American owners but also the momentum of last season’s ‘Green and Gold’ campaign.
“The results have come out and they’re not pretty,” said a spokesman for United Against Glazer, which has launched a website and a Facebook page under the same name. “The idea behind it is to get the momentum going again after last season.
“We all know the figures by now, how the Glazers have taken £500m out of the club since taking it over in 2005. I don’t know how sustainable these figures are but they are unacceptable.
“The thing for me is that two years ago Paul Scholes started around half the games. Now he is a first-team shoo-in.
"We bought Bebe for nearly £8m when we could have had Rafael van der Vaart at the same price, but I’m sure we wouldn’t pay the wages.
"We are supposed to have £160m in cash but I’d be amazed if the Glazers haven’t got their eyes on that.”
The march, which organisers stress is nothing to do with anti-Glazer organisations Manchester United Supporters’ Trust and the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association, will begin at the Tollgate pub in Manchester at 4.15pm and take in a mile-long route that includes Lancashire Cricket Club before ending up at Sir Matt Busby Way just outside Old Trafford.
Although there were two off-the-cuff protest marches last season, organisers say this one will be more concerted.
“The police and relevant authorities have all been informed,” added the spokesman. “It will be really professional and a demonstration of our anger at the Glazer regime.”
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