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Submitted by on April 8, 2010 – 9:56 amNo Comment

Thou doth protest too much

It won’t surprise anyone, but it appears the dibble are backing United in trying to contain any protests against the Glazer regime at Old Trafford.

Carrying on Thatcher’s determined campaign to rid the world of working class football fans, it appears GMP (is there an ‘I’ missing?) were lining the aisles in the Stretford End last Saturday in case any of the oiks tried to protest against the horrendous family who continue to milk our club.

GMP have a long history of acting as the Glazers’ personal bodyguard service, as many officers in riot gear were involved in ‘containing’ peaceful protestors in May 2005 after the Americans completed their takeover of United and again when Glazer visited Old Trafford for the first time.

From the Guardian:

Police deny deploying tactics intendend to stamp out anti-Glazer protests at Old Trafford.

The police commander for Manchester United matches has called for a meeting with fans to explain the unusually robust policing tactics during the Premier League champions’ 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last Saturday. Chief superintendent Mark Roberts issued a statement through Digger to explain that he had taken legal advice before deploying his officers to accompany the stewards, who occupied the aisles in the Stretford End 20 minutes before the final whistle.
That move angered a section of the United fans, who interpreted it as Greater Manchester Police siding with the club to prevent them unfurling banners in protest against the Glazers. But Roberts said: “I would welcome a conversation with the fans engaged in the protests to reassure all parties that the police remain impartial, that we are not and never will be agents for any interest, but that we will deal with any disorder or allegations in an even-handed manner.
“Additional police resources were deployed at the Chelsea game as a contingency to deal with any confrontation between club officials and supporters. Before agreeing to the deployment, [I sought] advice from the force solicitor.”
Roberts conceded that dealing with fans would ordinarily be a matter for stewards but that he sent in his officers because in past weeks stewards had been attacked while trying to clear the aisles of protesting fans. Roberts stressed that his officers have received public-order training and were directed to step in if stewards’ actions were deemed heavy-handed. He added: “The officers were to intervene if they witnessed disorder, intimidation or abuse directed at the stewards and it was made clear to the club that the officers would also act if they witnessed inappropriate behaviour by club officials towards fans.”

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