Manchester United have moved to condemn an attack on the home of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, as tension at the club continue to rise.
A video emerged on social media on Tuesday evening of a group of so-called supporters throwing red flares over the gate of Woodward’s Cheshire home, the clip captioned ‘Ed Woodward is gonna die’, with club security and police immediately alerted to investigate.
Neither Woodward, his wife or two children were present at the property at the time of the incident, though it is the latest incident of concern for the Manchester United hierarchy who are coming under increasing pressure following the club’s disappointing season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have accumulated their worst points tally (34) at this stage of a season for 30 years, and it has been reported that fans have planned a mass walkout during the club’s Premier League meeting with Wolves on Saturday evening to protest against the clubs management and ownership.
United fans throwing flares at Ed Woodward’s house.
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United have now released a statement condemning the behaviour of the individuals involved in the incident at Woodward’s home, insisting anyone found guilty will be given a lifetime ban from the club.
“Manchester United Football Club have tonight been made aware of the incident outside the home of one of our employees,” a statement reads.
“We know that the football world will unite behind us as we work with Greater Manchester Police to identify the perpetrators of this unwarranted attack.
“Anybody found guilty of a criminal offence, or found to be trespassing on this property, will be banned for life by The Club and may face prosecution.
“Fans expressing opinion is one thing; criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another. There is simply no excuse for this.”