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Protesting Manchester United fans refer to Germany's club ownership model

By Akhil Fisher

The democratic 50+1 model has been key to sustaining the German clubs for several decades.

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Photo: Paul, CC BY-SA 2.0

The European Super League has caused a shattering uproar amongst football fans, not just in Europe but all around the world. It took the 12 founding clubs just a couple of days to disband – starting with the six English clubs (Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City) and then followed by the Italians (Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus).

The Spanish clubs of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid & Real Madrid are the ones to have not yet revealed an official statement that would lead to a total dissolution of the so-called league.

Supporters have been thronging social media sites to make their thoughts known but few Manchester United fans, around 20, broke into the club’s training ground premises to protest the club’s ownership.

The Carrington’s training base’s entrance was blocked with banners that read: ‘We decide when you play’, ‘Glazers out’ & ‘51% MUFC 20’.

The 51% remark is in reference is to the Bundesliga’s exemplar 50+1 model.

German clubs have condemned and outright rejected the proposed plan for the closed league.

The outrage caused by the ‘elitist’ Super League model has prompted protests by the fans, players and the clubs themselves.

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