May 13, 2021

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Man United fans’ forum representatives issue statement after Ed Woodward no-show

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The seven Manchester United fans who sit on the fans’ forum have criticised the club for staying silent on their involvement in the Super League and say they have been treated with contempt.

The Manchester Evening News revealed United held their latest fans’ forum on Friday – two days before the club confirmed their planned participation in the inaugural Super League.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was not present on the call, which was chaired by director of communications Charlie Brooks and chief operating officer Collette Roche, while managing director Richard Arnold also dialled in.

In a statement sent to the MEN , the seven supporters who dialled into Friday’s call expressed their outrage at United’s conduct.

“As fans’ representatives on the Manchester United Fans’ Forum we have previously sought assurances from the club regarding speculation of breakaway competitions.

“Ed Woodward told us: ‘What I can assure you of is that we will keep matchgoing fans firmly in the centre of thoughts, whether with the Premier League or Uefa, and across our decision-making processes overall, because the past eight months has reminded us all of just how crucial you are to the fabric of the game. This game without fans is nothing.’

“Friday’s Fans’ Forum meeting provided an opportunity for the club to fulfil this pledge; instead the club’s representatives were silent on proposals that would be made public within days.

“We volunteer our time to work with you for the benefit of all associated with our club; in return we’ve been treated with contempt.

“Since 1956, Manchester United have strived for European honours, based on the unquestioned premise that they must first earn the right to do so through domestic competition.



United fans haven't been inside Old Trafford since March 2020
United fans haven’t been inside Old Trafford since March 2020

“Yesterday’s revelations that representatives of the club have colluded with others in secret to abandon the principles that our club established is deeply disturbing and hurtful.

“Football is nothing without fans and, as representatives of those fans, we couldn’t be clearer in their condemnation of this scheme.”

Fans’ forum representatives:

Chas Banks

James Coatsworth

Alan Harvey

John Massey

Rick McGagh

Ian Stirling

Kieran Stockton

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