Firework 'attack' on Man United chief Woodward’s home shows disturbing level of disgust from fans at breaking point
Hooded figures can be seen in footage that has circulated the internet throwing fireworks and flares at the Cheshire home of Woodward, who lives in the property with his wife and two young daughters. It is understood that no one was at the time of the attack.
A portion of Manchester United fans have recently voiced their resentment at the club’s handling by members of its hierarchy, whom they view as being more interested in developing the commercial side of the club than performances on the pitch.
Ed Woodward’s house in Cheshire was attacked by 20-30 Manchester United fans in balaclava’s at around 8pm tonight. 🗣 Man Utd official statement: “Fans expressing opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another. There is simply no excuse for this.” pic.twitter.com/THIaG9s2hb— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) January 28, 2020
Manchester United fan throwing a flare in to the house of ed Woodward CEO of Manchester United... pic.twitter.com/Vyd65nZWgO— London Crime LDN & U.K Crime (@CrimeLdn) January 28, 2020
The club announced through a spokesman that anybody found guilty of taking part in the incident “will be banned for life by the club,'' per the Guardian. As yet no arrests have been made.
"Fans expressing opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another,” the statement read.
The attack has understandably been condemned by many sections of United’s fanbase as having crossed the line of what is acceptable as regards fan protests.
Some areas of the Old Trafford club’s support have expressed suspicions that the attack was a set up and have suggested the attack may have been a conspiratorial part of a PR plan to spin bad press into sympathy for Woodward, who enlisted the help of a public relations handler to stem a stream of bad press towards them.
They cite Woodward and his family not being at home at the time of the incident and proceedings being 'exaggerated', along with the timing of his PR mission, as reasons to believe the alleged attack was a conspiracy to deflect negative headlines from himself.
Whatever the truth, the attack certainly serves as a yardstick of the depths the disturbing side of supporter fury has plunged and the accumulative anger at United’s mismanagement that has seen a shambolic showing on the field.
United fans have been criticized for more or less every form of peaceful or non-peaceful protest against their Glazer family owners or their , it seems their frustrations have finally boiled over and have been directed at Ed Woodward, a man who has become the face of their dealings behind the scenes.
United currently sit fifth in the Premier League but haven't won a league title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, and fans have repeatedly voiced their displeasure at the club's ineptitude in transfer market dealings, overspending on inflated player wages and big money flops.
Supporters received a backlash when they were filmed singing songs opposing Woodward that were interpreted as death threats.
The event is similar to when Wayne Rooney’s home was surrounded by a group of disgruntled fans, minus the pyrotechnics, in an attempt to convince the player not to sign for rivals Manchester City.