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Police investigate threats aimed at Glazer
Published February 9, 2005
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Police are investigating threats against Malcolm Glazer and the Manchester United board by a fan group opposing the bid by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner to take over the world's richest soccer team.
The group, Manchester Education Committee, said on its Web site it will be "ruthless in protecting" the team.
"Appropriate measures will be put in place to deal with the comments and an investigation is under way," Greater Manchester Police said Wednesday.
Glazer owns 28.1 percent of the soccer team and is its second-largest shareholder. After his bid was rejected by the board in October, he ousted three of the club's directors.
Opposition to Glazer's possible takeover has been widespread, with fans fearing he will raise ticket prices and sell United's Old Trafford stadium.
Manchester Education Committee has admitted vandalizing the house and car of United lawyer Maurice Watkins after he sold shares to Glazer. The group has said that if the board recommends Glazer's bid to shareholders, it will consider board members "collaborators." It said they would be "in an extremely vulnerable position for years to come."