Manchester United players to wear black armbands in tribute to fan representative Ian Stirling
Manchester United's players will wear black armbands against Southampton following the death of fan representative Ian Stirling.
has announced that they will wear black armbands in Sunday'sPremier League
game with Southampton following the death of prominent supporter Ian Stirling.
Stirling, who was a founding member of United's Fans' Advisory Board, died from a stroke on Saturday at the age of 57.
United chief executive Richard Arnold said:
"This is truly devastating news for all of us at the club who knew and worked with Ian.
"He was a towering figure within our fan community, loved and respected in equal measure.
"Ian was a relentless and unflinching advocate for the interests of fans, particularly match-goers, and we highly-valued the plain-speaking advice he provided.
"We send our sincere condolences to his wife, Lynn, daughter Lucy, and other loved ones. The best tribute we can pay to Ian is to continue strengthening the club’s commitment to fan engagement via the Fans’ Advisory Board and Fans’ Forum, and preserving the lines of communication and advocacy which he opened in his role as Independent Supporter Liaison Officer.”
Sterling joined the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) in 2004. He also acted as the organisation’s Independent Supporter Liaison Officer, and was a central figure in campaigning for the introduction of standing at Old Trafford and protesting against the Glazer family.
Manchester United is in third place in the table, 14 points behind leaders Arsenal.
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