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Man United fan protests, the Glazers and the complex root causes

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The images were striking. Fans, many masked, facing off against police at Old Trafford and some managing to break through onto the pitch. There was red, green and yellow smoke, adding an apocalyptic air. A flare was fired toward Sky pundit and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, and one policeman was left bleeding from his cheek. But while there was clearly some real unpleasantness, the protest of Manchester United fans against the Glazer family ownership, which resulted in the postponement of Sunday’s match vs. Liverpool, was generally peaceful. For the most part, the demonstrators who got onto the pitch seemed vaguely befuddled, wandering around not really knowing what to do next.

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