LONDON: Angry fans of Manchester United were threatening massive protests yesterday after US tycoon Malcolm Glazer neared success in his bid for the celebrated English football team, a takeover supporters say is unwanted and will saddle the club with massive debt.
The 76-year-old multi-millionaire, who owns NFL franchise the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been stalking the club for months, but looked set to complete the takeover later yesterday.
Chanting outside the soccer stadium in Manchester, in northern England, supporters carried banners declaring the club “Not For Sale” and burned effigies of the American billionaire.
A spokesman for Manchester police said: “There have been some arrests for public order offences. The protest has been fairly peaceful but the group was warned under the Public Order Act to move on and clear the site.”
The Sun newspaper reported that fans threatened a series of protests, a mass boycott of games and money-spinning merchandise and even held out the prospect of setting up a new club.