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Manchester United deny Malcolm Glazer 'death' after 'massive stroke' rumours spark internet storm

 Manchester United have announced that rumours circulating on the internet relating to the health of owner Malcolm Glazer are false after the supposed 'death' of the American sparked an internet storm on Thursday.
 
The Telegraph
By Oliver Pickup

12:58PM BST 24 May 2012

 



The American businessman turns 85 on Friday, but a malicious rumour, started on Twitter, led to a story being widely reported that he passed away after "a massive stroke".
 

Glazer bought out Man United shareholders gradually between 2003 and 2005 in a deal that valued the club at around $1.47 billion (900 million), but he has not been a particularly popular figure among supporters ever since, having lodged a huge amount of debt next to the club.
 

<noframe>Twitter: Danny McMoomins - CNN Reports from Tampa - Malcolm Glazer dies in hospital at 2am local time following 3rd massive stroke.

 

The day-to-day running at Old Trafford has been overseen by his sons - Joel, Avi and Bryan - since he suffered a stroke in April 2006.
 

Manchester-based Twitter user, Danny McMullan, who calls himself Danny McMoomins, started the rumours of his death, and wrote: "CNN Reports from Tampa - Malcolm Glazer dies in hospital at 2am local time following 3rd massive stroke. #mufc #glazer #RIPMalcolmGlazer"
 
 
Word travelled quickly that the controversial New Yorker - also owner of American Football club Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and chief executive of First Allied Corporation, a holding company for his varied business interests - had died, and 'Malcolm Glazer' was the top trending topic on the microblogging site within minutes.
 
National journalists were forced to call Manchester United and CNN in order to confirm that Glazer, who suffered a stroke in 2006, was, indeed, still alive and well.
 

<noframe>Twitter: Danny McMoomins - This is how Christianity spread, people.</noframe>
 

Sources at the Premier League club verified "this is not true and the actual source of the story was also incorrect".
 
After starting the untrue information and qualifying it by labelling CNN as the source, McMullan blithely commented: "This is how Christianity spread, people."
 
There was a backlash of anger on Twitter, and the rumour-mongerer was then targeted for abuse.
 
However, once the news that Glazer was not in fact dead was confirmed, there were some more humorous tweets, such as Teddy Were's "Now that Malcolm Glazer is alive and well we can resume the Kagawa and Hazard rumours".
 
"After Malcolm Glazer discovered United fans want him dead, he has put an embargo on all transfers," said Benjamin A Opoku.
 
Mathew Cook wrote: "Great news that Malcolm Glazer is still alive #UnitedDecline"
 

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#1 : May 24, 2012, 12:33:22 PM

Apparently the Britts haven't figured out Daddy Malcolm is not involved in the day-to-day any more. His passing would be sad, but I don't believe it would have a major impact on either franchise.


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#2 : May 24, 2012, 08:07:26 PM

Oh those Brits and their whacky sense of humor.    [sarcasm]


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#3 : May 24, 2012, 09:14:27 PM

Apparently the Britts haven't figured out Daddy Malcolm is not involved in the day-to-day any more.


...and the Americans apparently haven't figured out that he never was involved in the day-to-day.

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#4 : May 24, 2012, 10:07:26 PM

Apparently the Britts haven't figured out Daddy Malcolm is not involved in the day-to-day any more.


...and the Americans apparently haven't figured out that he never was involved in the day-to-day.

Unfortunately, true.  The Glazers never were, nor ever will be, "football people."

As long as they're good "business people", we'll always have, at the very least - a competitive team.

If they're simply interested in the bottom line...  I'd be very cool with that...!

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