Police investigate attack on Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward's home

Police are investigating an attack on the home of Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward by people in hoods.

Reuters January 29, 2020 15:23:30 IST
Police investigate attack on Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward's home
  • Police are investigating an attack on the home of Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward by people in hoods

  • A video posted on social media showed the group gathered outside the house in Cheshire chanting threats towards Woodward and throwing red flares over the gate

  • British media reported that neither Woodward, 48, nor his family were home

Manchester: Police are investigating an attack on the home of Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward by people in hoods.

Police investigate attack on Manchester United executive vicechairman Ed Woodwards home

File image of Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Reuters

A video posted on social media showed the group gathered outside the house in Cheshire chanting threats towards Woodward and throwing red flares over the gate. British media reported that neither Woodward, 48, nor his family were home.

“At around 10.45 pm on 28 January, Cheshire police were notified of an incident of criminal damage that had taken place earlier this evening with a large group targeting a property in the Nether Peover area,” Cheshire Constabulary said in a statement.

“Thankfully no-one was harmed, and officers will liaise with security officials over the coming days to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and identify those involved”.

United are fifth in the Premier League, 33 points adrift of leaders and arch-rivals Liverpool, and Woodward has been the target of blame from the fans for the club’s recent struggles.

United said any fan found guilty of a crime or of trespassing at the property would be banned for life.

“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,” the club said in a statement.

At recent games, United fans have chanted against Woodward and the club’s American owners, the Glazer family.

Woodward, an accountant and investment banker, first entered the world of football when he advised the Glazer family on their takeover of the club in 2005. Some United supporters blame the club’s declining performance on the cost of servicing debt it has carried since the Glazers acquired it.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Liverpool, Manchester United rivalry fuelled by historic divides from football pitch to culture
Sports

Liverpool, Manchester United rivalry fuelled by historic divides from football pitch to culture

Manchester United are three points clear of second-placed Liverpool, making it the first time the Old Trafford outfit have been top at this stage of a season since 2013

Premier League: Being top of the table doesn't mean Manchester United have 'cracked it,' says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Sports

Premier League: Being top of the table doesn't mean Manchester United have 'cracked it,' says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

After a truncated pre-season and poor start to the campaign, the Red Devils head to Turf Moor level on 33 points with reigning champions Liverpool.

Premier League: Jurgen Klopp seeks quick response to Liverpool scoreless streak after United stalemate
Sports

Premier League: Jurgen Klopp seeks quick response to Liverpool scoreless streak after United stalemate

Klopp's men have now failed to win their last four league games to slip to third in the table, three points behind United.