Steward fired as Glazers try to quash 'green and gold' revolt
Published 10/02/2010 | 05:00
Manchester United supporters vowed yesterday to continue building their emblematic 'green and gold' campaign of resistance to the Glazer family's ownership amid evidence that the club is attempting to remove signs of the movement from the terraces.
Fans insisted they will wear the new emblem of the protest -- scarves in the colours worn when the club was founded at Newton Heath in 1878 -- not only in the Premier League, but also at San Siro for next week's Champions League clash with Milan, despite suggestions on United's website this week that flags bearing the colours "may not be allowed."
Fans' suspicions that the club is seeking to silence their protests have been fanned as word spread of the dismissal of one of Old Trafford's longest-serving stewards after he took back a banner seized from fans by his employers and attempted to return it.
Granville Boden (53), a steward of 19 years' standing, was in position near the Old Trafford TV gantry before the home match with Burnley on January 16, when he witnessed six quick response team (QRT) stewards from his own security firm seizing a banner bearing the slogan "Love United, Hate Glazers.. Boden seized it back at the end of the game.
Boden said yesterday that the argument about the QRT's actions after the game reflected the way that staff are deeply divided over the Glazer campaign issue. "Fans have every right to say if something is wrong and to protest," he said. (© Independent News Service)