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Manchester United v AC Milan: David Beckham departs in green and gold scarf
Published : 10 Mar 2010 22:26:21
Beckham accepted a Manchester United supporters' protest scarf as he departed the pitch a huge coup for the fans' campaign to force the Glazers out of the club. Although Avram, the United co-chairman, Bryan and Kevin Glazer travelled from Florida to Wembley for the Carling Cup final victory against Aston Villa last month, the Glazers have been conspicuously absent from fixtures at Old Trafford since the opposition against their stewardship of the club intensified following January's announcement of the controversial £500 million bond issue, aimed at alleviating United's £716.5 million debt. Related ArticlesChampions League actionMan Utd 4 AC Milan 0; 7-2 aggFerguson challenges 'sensational' Rooney to score 42 goalsBeckham's back in townChampions League fixturesSport on televisionThe hugely visible green and gold campaign which has seen thousands of United supporters wear scarves in the colours of Newton Heath, United's 19th century forerunners, as a protest symbol against the Glazers has been followed in recent weeks by the emergence of the Red Knights, a group of wealthy individuals aiming to raise funds to launch a takeover bid. The Glazers have insisted, however, that they have no intention of listening to offers for the club, and the presence of Avram in the directors' box will be viewed as a clear sign of the family's determination to ride out the storm. A rumoured protest march, culminating with fans taking their seats 10 minutes after kick-off, failed to materialise. However, protest colours continued to be widely visible within Old Trafford, and in the closing stages of the game vast swathes of green and gold, combined with noisy anti-Glazer chants, would have been painfully obvious to the visiting Avram.