Legend’s spouse calls Man Utd ‘disgraceful’ as followers slam ‘poor method to deal with icon’
The spouse of Manchester United legend Norman Whiteside has blasted the membership as an “absolute disgrace” for shifting them from their seats at Old Trafford.
Despite making over 200 appearances for United within the 80s and holding platinum season tickets, Whiteside and his spouse Denise have been relocated – a transfer Mrs Whiteside claims is to broaden government seating, which the membership denies (by way of the Mirror).
On social media, she shared an image of her husband’s seat and wrote: “So, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a loyal supporter, doesn’t matter if you played for your club, @ManUtd can just dump you from your seat when they feel like it, so they can expand exec seating! Absolute disgrace!”
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She added: “I’d like to make clear that this post is not just about Norman. There are a whole block of loyal supporters who expressed their views to me at the West Ham game, but they feel as if they have no voice or platform to voice their anger.”
In response, the membership said they don’t seem to be increasing hospitality and are “committed to working with all season ticket-holders affected by relocations, including Norman, to find them the best possible alternative seats elsewhere in the ground”.
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A spokesperson stated: “We have the greatest respect for Norman as a legend of the club, and understand the disappointment caused to him and other season ticket-holders by seat relocations. These happen for various reasons, including, next season, the moving of matchday hospitality seats into consolidated blocks to address fan concerns about them being dispersed around the stadium.
“Other modifications subsequent season embody the elimination of hospitality seating from the Stretford End and set up of additional rail seating within the North-West Quadrant, bringing advantages to many followers but in addition inflicting some disruption.
“No additional hospitality seats are being created at the expense of season ticket-holders – in fact hospitality seating will reduce by more than 500 next season. We are committed to working with all season ticket-holders affected by relocations, including Norman, to find them the best possible alternative seats elsewhere in the ground.”
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However, Mrs Whiteside harassed, when responding to different United followers on social media, that the shortage of alternative given was the problem. She stated: “It’s not just about Norman, many of the ‘United family’ we sit with have been in that block for 20-30+ years, and are all really angry about this ENFORCED seat relocation.”
In response, one fan stated: “I’m sorry, the man is a legend and his seat should be free for life.” A second agreed: “A poor way to treat an icon.”