I am going to have to choose my words carefully on this issue. And that is perhaps why I have taken some time to settle done before beginning this piece. Although having said that I can still feel the blood beginning to boil again just thinking about what David Gill said today. My feelings on the Glazers are pretty clear and I know you don't all agree with my stance. I have no problem with that. It annoys me a little that more people can't be bothered to research the Glazers and their ownership of the club. But those of you who have and have decided you don't have a problem with them I can't complain about too much. But what David Gill said today is agregious on so many levels. I have always respected Gill for the way he has run United and the way he seemingly found a balance between the owners desire for money and at least some of the wishes of the fans. But that respect went out the window today.
So let's start with what Gill actually said. This is a link to the full article. First of all I have a real problem with calling the protesters hostile. I know there have been isolated incidents of violence but they have been few and far between. For the most part the protests against the Glazers have been non-violent and peaceful. This isn't an issue with David Gill though. This is an issue I have with "jounalism" in England. Now for the issues I do have with David Gill.
The Green and Gold campaign and the momentum behind that can get a bit tiring
"Would we prefer not to have green and gold scarves? Yes. Would we prefer to have the stands full of red and white? Of course. Are the chants at every game unfortunate? 'Yes, they are unfortunate. They have a right to protest. But a lot of the other fans want to know that the team is playing attractive football, exciting Manchester United-style football, winning football."
They want to come to a safe stadium with modern amenities and enjoy it. Who owns it is a bit irrelevent to them. I think the Green and Gold minority will go away. I see people from Asia walking out of the megastore with a red and white scarf on and they just assume they [green and gold] are official scarves and go and buy one. I think there is an element of that. A lot of people understand what it means but a lot of them don’t.