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FSA statement: Fan opinion must be heard, but there’s a line…

Following reports that Ed Woodward, executive vice-chairman of Manchester United, had his home targeted by protestors last night, the Football Supporters’ Association has issued the following statement…

“The FSA backs the right to protest but there are lines which should not be crossed.

“We support a whole range of fan activism including protests at matches and stadiums, online and media campaigns, or lobbying through existing “structured dialogue” forums which bring together fans, club executives and owners.

“This spectrum of activity has delivered genuine results – away price caps, 7,000 extra FA Cup final tickets for fans, the introduction of safe standing areas, and more. We know what makes for a successful campaign strategy and have supported many club-specific protests across the country.

“However, targeting any club employee’s home is unacceptable and entirely counterproductive. This morning’s coverage is entirely sympathetic towards Ed Woodward and his position at Manchester United, which is presumably not what the protestors intended, and the vast majority of supporters do not support such direct and intimidatory action.

“The FSA condemns without reservation any protest which targets an individual’s home or seeks to intimidate through threatening or criminal behaviour.”

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