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Manchester United fans against the Glazers have a new reason to dislike Leeds – Manchester Evening News

The rivalry between Manchester United and Leeds can be traced back to the days of Matt Busby and Don Revie.

That rivalry intensified to new heights in the following years and games between the two sides would become synonymous with bitter hatred and violence throughout the 80s and 90s. While the hooligan culture that once seemed indefinitely entwined with British football would rightly be stamped out of the game, the rivalry between United and Leeds has survived. No love has been lost.

United fans don’t need another reason to dislike Leeds but the club stoked tensions and gave supporters exactly just that on Tuesday.

That’s because Leeds’ managing director, Angus Kinnear, spoke out against one of the most significant recommendations in the fan-led review of football governance, which was that football should be run by an independent regulator in the near future.

“Of the 47 recommendations contained in the Fan-Led Review of Football Governance there was much to applaud,” Kinnear wrote.

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“However, the two most significant recommendations are as flawed as they are radical. The first is the demand for independent regulation. Forgetting that independent regulation has not proven to be a panacea for any industry (take Ofwat presiding over three billion litres of leaked water every year and thousands of hours of illegal raw sewage disposal in our nation’s waterways as a case in point), it is hard to see the value an independent regulator would have added to the perceived issues.

“We should remember that the European Super League was so repugnant in its conception and so seditious in its execution that the game and its supporters regulated it out of existence without the need for a third party.”

Kinnear is right. The European Super League proposal was repugnant, so why is he arguing that those behind the betrayal of the game earlier this year shouldn’t be held accountable? An independent regulator would safeguard the future of football, surely.

Well, the answer seems to be self-interest and greed, as suggested when Kinnear writes on in his controversial statement. “The second is an increased transfer levy to redistribute increased funds further down the football pyramid,” he continues.

“Enforcing upon football a philosophy akin to Maoist collective agriculturalism (which students of “The Great Leap Forward” will know culminated in the greatest famine in history) will not make the English game fairer, it will kill the competition.”

Kinnear ‘was against’ the Super League yet his words suggest he shares the same motivations as those rebels clubs, just expressed in a different form. That’s without mentioning his distasteful reference to Maoism, which was the worst man-made famine in history.

Regardless of Kinnear’s statement, make no mistake, an independent regulator is what football needs and United fans know that all too well. United’s supporters have always made their feelings on the Glazers clear, but tensions reached boiling point in May.

Hundreds of fans stormed onto the Old Trafford pitch while thousands more protested around the stadium against the Glazers’ judged to be parasitic regime. The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) has looked to build on the momentum of the anger earlier this year and the trust gave evidence in the government’s fan-led review. They welcomed some of the findings last week.

Should football have an independent regulator? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. “The creation of an independent regulator is welcome,” MUST said. It’s likely that the introduction of such an organisation would increase the chances of the Glazers’ removal, or at the minimum, it would be conducive to creating a better landscape for fans.

That’s why United fans will sneer at Leeds’ director Kinnear’s statement, which speaks out against an independent regulator.

United supporters didn’t need another reason to dislike Leeds but they’ve just got exactly that.

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