Manchester United supporters that made death threats to late American owner Malcolm Glazer
were investigated by the FBI, according to a list of documents and records released by the American police department.
The Daily Express reports that new information paints a pretty horrible picture of some Red Devils fans, accused of trying to intimidate the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers chief ahead of his £1 billion takeover at Old Trafford in 2005.
It was previously well documented that Glazer was a figure of hate amongst a large section of Manchester United followers, but until now the full extent of their vitriol against the US-based family had not been made entirely clear.
Freedom of Information
However, thanks to a 120 page document released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it's now been revealed that telephone calls and emails to the Buccaneers' headquarters were made in an attempt to deter the billionaire businessman from his proposed takeover plans.
The revelation comes in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Associated Press, which also includes details of initial conversations ending with an ultimatum regarding the American's livelihood.
Glazer was later set a deadline to abandon his leverage buyout, prompting the FBI to issue their own subpoenas as part of the investigation, only for the case to later be closed.
Still, the threat posed against Glazer forced NFL chiefs to heighten their security measures for every game the Buccaneers played, which came at a significant cost to the football federation in North America.
For the duration of the Glazers' ownership there has been dissatisfaction and unrest among Manchester United supporters, with protests regularly arranged and carried out before, during and after Premier League matches.
Within a year of Malcolm Glazer's leveraged buyout, though, he unfortunately suffered two strokes, meaning that the day-to-day running of the football club had actually fallen into the hands of his sons, meaning that fans of the 20-time English champions had actually been directed at the wrong person.
Sadly, the unpopular owner passed away in May this year at the age of 85, handing full control to Glazer's five sons at Old Trafford.