A group of Manchester United fans were refused entry to Old Trafford for last night’s reserve league final by security staff who believed they were about to carry out a green and gold protest.
Disillusioned fans of the Red Devils have adopted the club’s traditional green and gold colours as a reminder of their opposition to the Glazer family’s ownership of the Premier League champions.
Despite not agreeing with the sentiments of fans, who are hoping the Glazers will agree a deal with fans group The Red Knights, manager Sir Alex Ferguson and chief executive David Gill have both backed the supporters rights to protest.
This weekend, Gill addressed Manchester United Disabled Supporters Association magazine, ‘Rollin’ Reds’, on the issue.
He said: “If your question is ‘would I prefer all red and white to green and gold when you have a full stadium and you are playing host to famous opposition’, of course I would.
“But as Sir Alex has said, people have a right to protest. Nobody is going to stop that [outside Old Trafford], and in the ground itself we are not going to stop that,” Gill added.
The actions of United’s security experts CES, however, contradicts that view and the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association have accused them of ignoring the club’s stance.
A statement from IMUSA read: “The reserves played Aston Villa in front of a crowd of about 4,000 but many fans were prevented from seeing their victory as large groups of CES stopped people from gaining entry because of their supposed involvement in protests on other occasions.”
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