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Paint daubed on freight container on Ronald Johnson Fields.

Graffiti wars have broken out over FC United’s plans to build a new stadium.

Slogans have been daubed on walls across Moston – both opposing and supporting the 5,000-capacity ground.

One instance of graffiti from those against the plans read ‘Love Glazer, Hate FC United’.

And supporters have been using ‘reverse graffiti’ – blasting dirty walls with water using stencils – to write ‘M40 4FC’.

Opposition to the stadium has been mounting from people concerned it will create parking chaos outside their homes.

But supporters of the stadium bid say it will create much-needed facilities for the area.

Both sides have condemned the graffiti.

Moston councillor Paul Murphy said: “Graffiti of any description is unacceptable.

“I condemn any graffiti from either side and will be reporting it to the council.

“I will make sure that the perpetrator is caught.”

Annette McGovern, from Residents United Residents’ Association, said: “We love our area and are totally opposed to graffiti of any sort.

“None of the members of RURA are responsible for it.”

People living in the area claim the £3.5m stadium, which would be built on the Ronald Johnson playing fields, would devalue their homes and have mounted a campaign against it.

Plans were submitted to Manchester council last week and a decision is due to be taken in September.

Andy Walsh, general manager of FC United, said: “We condemn any graffiti at all no matter what form it takes.

“There has been a great deal of deliberate misinformation from the ‘no’ campaign which has heightened anxieties in the area.

“We want to rectify that misinformation but this is not the right way to go about it.”

A Manchester council spokesman said: “We have never received a complaint about so-called reverse graffiti but will look carefully at any specific complaint and take appropriate action.

“All graffiti is detrimental to our neighbourhoods and we take a dim of anyone involved in defacing property.”

Manchester Evening News, Saturday 23 July 2011

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