Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Leading Red Fanzine Calls Time on Publication As

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Leading Red Fanzine Calls Time on Publication As

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UNITED fanzine Red Issue is ceasing publication because it 'can't stand the stench' of football any longer.

In the final issue that went on sale outside Old Trafford at the game against Southampton yesterday, the fans behind the cult publication said: "The game we've been clinging onto is gone. Football now is happyclappy families, half-andhalf scarves, tourists and selfie sticks; there's no point trying to fight that."

The fanzine began 26 years ago and has produced 295 editions. Various contributors and its joint founder 'Zar' announced the decision to close on Friday.

Referring to the state of modern football, the final editorial said: "We've been through all these points and arguments over and over again during the last 20-odd years raging against the killing of a culture that's long been deceased.

"A United employee told us on Warwick Road recently, 'Everyone in the club offices reads Red Issue. It's like the antidote to working there'.

"But where's our antidote? …

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