Manchester United dismissed Old Trafford steward Granville Boden, 53, after he tried to return a confiscated anti-Glazer banner to its owners, reports The Times today. The ‘Love United Hate Glazer’ banner, which was forcibly taken down by stewards and the supporters ejected, went up for the Premier League match against Burnley last month.
CES, the contractors employed by United on match days, fired Boden even though he has worked at Old Trafford for 19-years. Increasing anecdotal evidence is building of the roughhouse tactics deployed by United to silence the growing ‘green and gold’ revolution.
“There is a lot of internal conflict between the staff and I think that conflict is only going to grow as the protests against the Glazers gather more momentum,” Boden told The Times.
“There are a lot of staff at the club who are sympathetic to what the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) are trying to achieve. I don’t regret anything I did.”
Earlier this week Rant reported on fans evicted from executive areas for wearing green and gold scarves, while stewards harassed a Portsmouth radio reporter for the same reason on Saturday – live on air!
Meanwhile, the club posted misleading information on ManUtd.com, claiming that green and gold banners “may not be allowed” in the San Siro stadium for next week’s Champions League clash with AC Milan.