Manchester United fans took their anger against club executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, to another level on Tuesday night after attacking his Cheshire home.
United supporters have been on Woodward’s case for the last couple of months over lack of transfer activity at the club and the team’s dwindling fortunes in the league. He has also been accused of aiding the Glazer family owners to fleece the club.
The club fans have in recent matches made their feelings towards the Glazers and Woodward known during home matches with vile chants directed at the club bosses. The most recent was a song celebrating the 48-year old’s administrator’s death.
On Tuesday night, a group of around 20-30 supporters walked to his home, threw flares with the intent of causing damage. Woodward and his family, however, were not at home during the incident.
United issued a strong-worded statement promising to hand life bans to those found guilty in addition to criminal charges that may be pursued.
“Manchester United Football Club have tonight been made aware of the incident outside the home of one of our employees. We know that the football world will unite behind us as we work with Greater Manchester Police to identify the perpetrators of this unwarranted attack,” read the statement.
“Anybody found guilty of a criminal offense, or found to be trespassing on this property, will be banned for life by the club and may face prosecution. Fans expressing an opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another. There is simply no excuse for this.”
Meanwhile United are close to signing Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP. The two clubs have reportedly agreed on a fee for the Portugal international.