Manchester United Megastore Shut Down Amidst ‘Boycott Adidas’ Protest

Manchester United Megastore Shut Down Amidst ‘Boycott Adidas’ Protest

Manchester United faced a major disruption on Tuesday as the club was forced to close its official megastore during the lahighly anticipated 2023/24 home kit launchThe closure came as a result of a protest organized by fan groups calling for a boycott of Adidas, the club’s kit manufacturer. The demonstration was fueled by the ongoing ownership of the Glazer family, who have faced extensive criticism from supporters.

The hashtag ‘Boycott Adidas’ had been trending on social media in the days leading up to the kit launch, with fans urging fellow supporters not to purchase the new kit as a way to express their dissatisfaction with the Glazers. Despite the American owners putting the Premier League club up for sale, negotiations and bids have yet to lead to a change in ownership.

While the Glazers remain in charge for the time being, the launch of the new Adidas home kit encountered early obstacles due to the protests. Supporters gathered outside the megastore to voice their discontent, carrying anti-Glazer signs and chanting slogans like “we want Glazers out.”

The 1958, a prominent fan group and protest organizer, took to Twitter to express their discontentment, stating, “The Glazers are not just betraying the club we love. To us, they are betraying the memories of past generations who instilled United into us. Those we think about every time we head into that ground. We have said the club is worth what the fans allow it to be worth. They are a family despised by a global fanbase. This parasitic family is still clinging on, dragging our club, its employees, and the fans through the mud for their own selfish interests.”

The ‘Boycott Adidas’ campaign is seen as a direct response to the ongoing ownership situation. As Manchester United’s pre-season approaches, uncertainty looms over the future of the club under the Glazers’ control. Several potential buyers have emerged, including British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari businessman Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani. Ratcliffe is reportedly offering to buy a stake in the club, while Al Thani seeks full control of the English giants moving forward.

The protest outside the megastore serves as a reminder of the deep-rooted frustration among Manchester United supporters regarding the Glazers’ ownership. Fans are keen to see a change in ownership that aligns with the club’s values and secures a brighter future for one of the world’s most iconic football institutions.

As the situation continues to unfold, the Glazers face mounting pressure from fans and the wider football community to address their ownership and facilitate a smooth transition of power that can rebuild trust and restore the glory days at Manchester United.

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