Soccer-Man Utd fans protest against Glazers at club's training ground

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Manchester United Training - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - April 15, 2019 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co owners Joel Glazer and Avram Glazer during training Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine/File Photo

(Reuters) - A small group of Manchester United fans gathered outside the club's training ground on Thursday to protest against the Glazer family's ownership as the backlash continued after their involvement in the breakaway European Super League.

United were among six Premier League clubs who signed up for the new venture before withdrawing on Tuesday amid a storm of protest from fans, players and the British government.

"At approximately 9:00 am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground," United said in a statement. "The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were secure and the group has now left the site."

United co-chairman Joel Glazer on Wednesday apologised to supporters, saying the hierarchy failed to show respect to the "deep-rooted traditions" of the English game.

The Manchester Evening News reported that the fans blocked both entrances to the club's Carrington training ground before a training session this morning, unfurling banners that read 'We decide when you play' and 'Glazers out'.

United were bought by the American Glazer family for 790 million pounds ($1.10 billion) in 2005. The club has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2012, but the Glazers retain majority ownership.

Manchester United, who are second in the Premier League, visit Leeds United on Sunday.

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(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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