Fans of the popular British futbol soccer team Manchester United are calling for a boycott of the club and their sponsors in the wake of a recently announced massive General Motors sponsorship deal. According to a Reuters report, the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) is the group calling for the boycott. MUST released a statement last week outlining the group's intentions: "The boycott strategy is intended to send a loud and clear message to the Glazer family and club sponsors that without the support and purchasing power of the fans – the global strength of Manchester United brand doesn't actually exist."

Those strong words come in the wake of the General Motors sponsorship deal with Manchester United, which may in part have led to the ousting of marketing boss Joel Ewanick from his post at GM. To get the Chevrolet Bowtie on the club's iconic red jerseys, GM will be $70 million next year, with a 2.1-percent increase each following year.

MUST claims that the Glazer family is diluting the team by putting it in debt in the $1.23 billion takeover. The group may be alluding to the upcoming IPO of the team. Manchester United is looking to raise $330 million by trying to move 16.7 million shares on a public offering August 9.


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      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      "GM will be $70 million next year" Proofread, please. Could someone explain to me why they're boycotting GM? This article doesn't tell me anything.
        kcroc10077
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        They're boycotting the club and those that support it monetarily (the sponsors). The article is vague and misleading.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @kcroc10077
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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its this disaster of a deal that that marketing guy was fired fro GM last week. What's even crazier that is that GM dropped some $400M into this sponsorship deal and now they are getting boycott over it. I hope they find a way to null this contract - an absolute waste of money for GM, and I hope that that former employee never finds work again.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
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      kcroc10077
      • 2 Years Ago
      Correct me if I'm wrong but the way I've understood this story, as presented by other outlets, is the boycott was caused by some fanbase butt-hurt with the way the owner (Mr. Glazer) is running the company not as a result of the Chevrolet deal which is what the wording of this article implies. Response Mr. Kennedy?
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kcroc10077
        That may be true, but it's more fun for AB to make it GM's fault. ;)
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Most boycotts end up getting publicity for those they want to boycott. People want to wear "Just Do It" shirts and Nike sneakers at ridiculous prices knowing that Nike has hundreds of factories making them that they don't own so they can distance themselves from slave like labor. Pretty easy to find something worthwhile to boycott. I know you can buy Manchester United clothing made by Nike, does the team wear Nike gear?
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't get it. They get a sponsorship, so they boycott their sponsor in order to obtain a sponsor and funding for the team. Are they stupid or am I missing something?
      ksrcm
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK, football/soccer - I grew up there, hated the game and still don't like it. I always wanted to see the OLD England and Brasil play - attack to the last man, wherever the chips may fall, whoever scores most goals wins. Didn't see many of those. Some Champions League games are worth watching, but that's it. Now, the football in U.S. Awesome game, explosive action and ... you realise the point of the game is space for commercials. Sucks, really. Too bad fans are not hanging them for it. So many years later, I can really appreciate a relatively good game of soccer on some obscure channel because I know there won't be any interruptions for 45 minutes or so. Nice, considering I get throwing-the-****-at-TV attacks while watching F1 races on Speed with commercials kicking in every 10 minutes or so. For at least 2 minutes.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ksrcm
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          sparrk
          • 2 Years Ago
          US football is a long commercial interrupted by some fat guys who play rugby with body armor.
      darkness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Soccer sucks
      girlyrounders
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, if your going to discuss it... It's "Football", not "Soccer"....... Shall we discuss that girly rounders you play? Or that pansy version of our rugby game, where everyone wears pads?
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @girlyrounders
        I grew up playing cricket, when I moved to the US, I too laughed at baseball, called it rounders, laughed at what is considered a good pitch because it is a full-toss in cricket, those usually go for six. Then I started playing baseball. Hitting a baseball is probably the single most difficult feat in all sports to be proficient at. Sure you can close yours eyes and swing, and might make contact, now do it again. Round ball, round bat, hitter is basically anchored in the batters box and you have to hope the pitcher is not hitting his spots. If he is you don't have a chance. Sure Football players wear pads, and rugby is "supposed" to a he-man sport. I like rugby, tried it as a kid, liked football (soccer) better. However, how many rugby players end with broken necks, ribs, jaws, multiple concussions, busted spleens (Chris Simms) , and unable to climb the stairs to your bedroom after a game (Jerome Bettis)? Bring your best rugby players, bring lots of ambulances too, none of them are walking off that field on his own steam. Football players have an average 10 years shorter life expectancy than the general American population. Rugby is cool, rugby is not Football, not even close.
        rcavaretti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @girlyrounders
        Pansies. LOL.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @girlyrounders
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      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also soccer is never going to be popular here.
        Devil_X
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Football/Soccer is very popular with young kids in the US You will realise how popular it is in 20 years time While your Football will never be popular outside of the US............ever We prefer Rugby, it is more menly
          J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Devil_X
          They've been saying that for (at least) 20 years. It still hasn't happened.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        You must not live in New Jersey.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
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        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        Why? Don't you care about jobs?
        imtoomuch1
        • 2 Years Ago
        That's funny. Europe has proven that they can't make reliable transportation even though the same continent has manufacturers that ask big money for most cars that are actually players in the real world. You'd think money would buy reliability, but the facts show that isn't the case. BMW, Mercedes, VW, etc are all less reliable than American cars. Those are FACTS.
      Devil_X
      • 2 Years Ago
      A couple of facts (and no they are not car related) 1) FIFA = Fédération Internationale de Football Association 2) Futbol = Spanish translation of the word Football (In Spanish Fut+bol means nothing) 3) Real Football is played by foot (that's why it is called football). Your Football it is played by hands.......it should be called handball Talking about the Sponsorship, Manchester United is a global Brand and Chevrolet is Global, so it is a good deal for GM. It does't matter if MUST boycott GM or not, the best a Man UTD fan can afford is a prawn sandwich every 2 Sundays (If you are from the UK you know what I mean)
      • 2 Years Ago
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        darkness
        • 2 Years Ago
        Shut the hell up
        sossegado001
        • 2 Years Ago
        I really wish I could give you the $15 that it "costed" you for the bail out just so you would shut your stupid mouth! My goodness what an idiot!
        Proghog
        • 2 Years Ago
        I'll take one too as long as it is a match against Chelsea.
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