Why Manchester United players wore black armbands against Southampton

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Manchester United stars wore black armbands for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Southampton at Old Trafford as a mark of respect for fan representative Ian Stirling, who has died at the age of 57.

Stirling was a founding member of United’s Fans’ Advisory Board and the independent supporter liaison officer for Manchester United Supporters’ Trust.

As the Independent Supporter Liaison Officer for Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, Ian worked tirelessly to promote and protect the interests of Manchester United fans.

Richard Arnold, Manchester United Chief Executive, 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.”