sport news MARTIN SAMUEL: Some betrayed the message at Old Trafford but there was nobility ...

Put to one side, for a moment, those who let down the cause. Who fought with police, who threw missiles, who used legitimate protest as just another excuse to go on the tear.

Forget them, as we must for the sake of the movement. There was nastiness, as there so often is on these occasions; there are people who abuse the right to dissent for their own ends. 

Yet for all this, for all the disruption, disturbance and inconvenience around Old Trafford on Sunday, this was not the worst day for football. It was a good day, one might even argue. 

Manchester United fans stormed Old Trafford on Sunday, with the Liverpool game cancelled

fans stormed Old Trafford on Sunday, with the Liverpool game cancelled

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Football club owners, including Glazers, cannot ignore this day in Premier League history 

Good, even with no match. Good, despite the bad. It was a day when many supporters made their feelings known in a way that truly encapsulated the anger around the Super League sell-out. 

It was a day that owners ignore at their peril. This was football's Network moment. The fans were as mad as hell: and they weren't going to take it anymore.

Certainly they were not going to take distant, uncommunicative overlords who believe our game is their revenue stream. They were not going to take loyalty as a stick with which to beat the loyalists. 

They were not going to take having no say, they were not going to take having no voice, they were not going to take this: what football has become and where it is going.

Those who took the demonstration too far should be shunned for betraying the message

Those who took the demonstration too far should be shunned for betraying the message 

Such a marquee fixture being called-off sends a crucial message to all of the big clubs' owners

Such a marquee fixture being called-off sends a crucial message to all of the big clubs' owners 

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So that is why those who betrayed that message in favour of a bloody fight and some entry-level theft and vandalism must be disregarded and disowned. This was a bit more serious than getting your self-aggrandising selfie atop the goalposts, or having it away with the corner flag.

This was not about throwing a bottle at a police horse. There was nobility amidst the carnage. This was, potentially, the start of something special. It may not change the ownership of football clubs, but it will, if successful, change the direction those clubs are travelling. And if it does, it changes the game too. 

Pulls it from the brink. Saves it from the moribund imaginations of the super-rich. and Liverpool wanted Project Big Picture - and now they've got one. 

The backlash against the Super League encompasses the biggest of pictures: club ownership, competition, tradition, fair play, culture. The green and gold movement at had been eased to the margins in the past by success. 

Fans' discontent with their billionaire owners has boiled over after the Super League plans

Fans' discontent with their billionaire owners has boiled over after the Super League plans 

United started winning titles, reached three Champions League finals and the rebellion fizzled out. This one may not be so easily appeased. won their last match 6-2 to stand within touching distance of a European final; Liverpool came into this season on the back of a Champions League win and a first Premier League title. 

Neither of these clubs is mid-table Arsenal where insurrection is almost a given At Liverpool, certainly, the owners were in enormous credit. Not any more, it seems.

Yes, there were some cocky kids swaggering around the Old Trafford pitch, mugging into their phones and showing off. And there were some dangerous thugs, stupidly throwing flares towards Jamie Carragher on the Sky podium or slashing at law enforcers with bottles. 

Yet those who organised this demonstration of organised fury, who wish to hold the Glazers to account for buying their club and selling it out are not in this for the hits or the war stories. 

They want representation or, at least, to be heard and taken seriously. They want their support and patronage to mean more than a number on a balance sheet. The aim yesterday, circulating within fans

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