Manchester United fans claim victory over club's owners following listed status battle (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Manchester United fans claim victory over club's owners following listed status battle
MANCHESTER United fans are claiming victory over the club’s owners after lawyers for the Glazer family confirmed they will withdraw their opposition to Old Trafford stadium being listed as an Asset of Community Value.
The stadium was nominated for the listing by Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST)as a means of protecting the stadium from being sold and, following the club’s withdrawal of its request for a review by Trafford Council, the listing will now stand.
A spokesman for the council said: “Trafford Council can confirm that Manchester United Football Club has withdrawn its request for a review of the decision to list Old Trafford Stadium as an asset of community value.
“This means that the original decision to list the stadium will stand.”
However, a spokesman for the club has said the listing will have no ‘meaningful impact on the club’.
The spokesman said: “This process was never about leaving Old Trafford.
“While we maintain it is a wholly inaccurate interpretation of the law, after further investigation, we do not believe the decision to name Old Trafford an Asset of Community Value has any meaningful impact on the club.
“As a result, there seemed little point in engaging in a long, drawn-out legal process just to demonstrate a point.
“The club is proud to have called Old Trafford home for over 100 years.
“Its commitment is reflected in the £90m spent upgrading Old Trafford’s facilities over the last eight years and this investment will continue as we look to ensure that it remains our home for many years to come.”
MUST chief executive, Duncan Drasdo, said: "We're delighted that the owners have taken the decision to back down over their opposition to the listing of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value.
“We were always very confident of our case having taken pro bono advice from the top law firms in the UK."
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