Big Screens In Manchester For The Champions League Final
- Manchester City Council
- United Kingdom
Mr N Brown
The petition is for the right for all Manchester United fans to watch the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final on big screens in Manchester. As of today the Manchester City Council has said there will be no screens up on the 21st May for us fans. This is all because of a small minority of Glasgow Rangers fans who started a riot in Manchester on the 14th May 2008 for the UEFA Cup Final.
Their reason for doing this is because one of the many screens across the city stopped working. This is no excuse for violence but it is also no excuse for the council to punish the people of its own city. Do the council actually think that on May 21st if the screen fails again that the people of its own city will trash it?
Please sign this petition to get the council to put up the screens for us. It is reported that thousands of fans from all over England and Ireland are coming to Manchester for the final but now have nowhere to watch it. All pubs are charging to get in and have sold out of tickets so many people are going to be left disappointed and are going to struggle to find somewhere to see the match.
The people of Manchester are being punished for something people from another country have done to our city. Big screens are being put up in London for Chelsea fans who are going to enjoy a great atmosphere with fellow supporters, whereas in Manchester they're doing nothing other than leaving fans with nowhere to watch the game.
This is part of the statement concerning Manchester United fans the council made after the riots in Manchester following the UEFA Cup Final.
"We're going to have to disappoint a lot of Manchester United fans and we're sorry to disappoint them," said council leader Sir Richard Leese.
"But our view, the council and the police, is that it would be unacceptable to city centre residents, businesses and other users of the city centre to have big screens next week after what happened last night."