Manchester United's owners suffered a fresh wave of criticism after indicating only half the proceeds of its planned IPO will be used to reduce the club's massive debt.
Previously, the Glazer family had indicated it would use all the money to reduce United's borrowings, which presently stand at £437 million ($656 million).
However, within the prospectus that was released through a
It drew a stinging rebuke from fans, who took to Twitter to express their disgust.
Not that supporter sentiment has been a significant influence on the Glazer family's thinking.
And, with shares set to be launched at between
"Manchester United today commenced its initial public offering of 16,666,667 Class A Ordinary Shares," said a statement issued from
"Manchester United is offering 8,333,334 Class A Ordinary Shares and the selling shareholder is offering 8,333,333 Class A Ordinary Shares.
"The underwriters have an option to purchase up to an additional 2,500,000 Class A Ordinary Shares from the selling shareholder.
"The Class A Ordinary Shares will be listed on the
On an issue where even the use of the word 'MANU' can evoke bad feeling due to its alien nature amongst hard-core United fans, the Glazer family has already been a hugely divisive issue.
Some view them as mere custodians of United and, taking Sir
More militant Red Devils fans have maintained an antagonistic stance, continually stressing how draining the Glazers' involvement has been to United's finances.
Once yesterday's announcement has been fully digested, more may become clearer.
And it is not yet known what the exact response in
The news came on a day United confirmed a massive new shirt sponsorship deal with US car giant Chevrolet, which takes effect from 2014.
That deal will eventually swell the Red Devils' growing commercial income still further.
However, critics will also point to the fact the club are yet to post end-of-year accounts which show the exact amount bowing out of the Champions League group stage cost them.
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