Man Utd fans protest European Super League decision outside Old Trafford

Manchester United supporters have been protesting the club's decision to join the new European Super League as one of the 12 founding members.

United released a joint statement along with Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus on Sunday evening, confirming that they have agreed to establish a new European Super League.

The announcement has not gone down well with fans and United's Supporters Trust have released a statement of their own, condemning the idea as "completely unacceptable".

The statement reads: "These proposals are completely unacceptable and will shock Manchester United fans, as well as those of many other clubs.

"A 'Super League' based on a closed shop of self-selected wealthy clubs goes against everything football, and Manchester United, should stand for.

"When Sir Matt Busby led us into the European Cup in the 1950s, the modern Manchester United was founded in the tragedy and then triumph that followed.

"To even contemplate walking away from that competition would be a betrayal of everything this club has ever stood for. We urge everyone involved in this proposal including Manchester United to immediately withdraw from this proposal."

Supporters have been protesting the announcement outside Old Trafford, with fans unfurling a home-made banner with the slogan "created by the poor, stolen by the rich".

They are not the only set of fans to have protested the idea, with supporters also unveiling banners outside Anfield, the Emirates and Tottenham's training ground.

A joint statement has also been released by the Arsenal Supporters Trust, Chelsea Supporters Trust, Spirit of Shankly (Liverpool Supporters Union), Manchester City Official Supporters Group & 1894 Group MCFC, Manchester United Supporters Trust and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust vowing to fight the plans.

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  • It reads: "We are working urgently and closely with each other, and with the FSA and FSE, to fight these proposals.

    "Despite our clubs' behaviour we are unified in opposition to them and we will continue to do all we can collectively to stop these plans. This includes seeking joint representation to the Government and all of the relevant football authorities.

    "We will issue a more comprehensive statement in due course."

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