Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been accused by Richard Keys of instigating a riot after he defended Manchester United fans for protesting against the Glazer family.
United’s game against Liverpool was forced to be postponed on Sunday after hundreds of fans gained entry into Old Trafford to protest against the ownership of the club by the Glazers.
“Enough Gary, I want to watch football matches not riots,” Keys wrote on his personal website.
“Plainly no-one at your primary employer has got the courage to say anything to you – so let me.
“It really is none of my business who owns Manchester United, Arsenal, Valencia, Salford or Sheffield. With the exception of Salford, nor is it yours. Nor is it Jamie Carragher’s, Rio Ferdinand’s, Jake Humphries or Gary Lineker’s.
“Our job is simple and privileged. Our job is to call football matches. It is not our job to instigate riots. And make no mistake, what happened at Old Trafford on Sunday was a riot. And a disgrace. I hate to think what the reaction would’ve been had Liverpool fans been to blame.”
“It was NOT a peaceful demonstration,” he added. “One Police officer has been left with life changing injuries. He could’ve been blinded after being attacked by a thug wielding a broken bottle.
“What was it all about? Was it a protest against the ESL? No. But some would have you believe that? If the protest was about the ESL then why have City fans not been out with their own wrecking ball? Or Chelsea fans? Or Spurs fans?
“Was it a demonstration about the ownership of Manchester United? No. But some would have you believe that. It was a show of frustration that United are no longer the dominant force in English football.
“The Glazers are not for me. But Sir Alex Ferguson never had a problem with them.
“United are currently looking for a Chief Exec Gary – give it a go. Show us all how it should be done. And please don’t tell me you couldn’t work for the Glazers. You once did – and pocketed millions from doing so. That was the time to make your voice heard.”