May 8, 2021

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Man Utd owner refuses to apologise for ESL plans despite fan protest

Manchester United owner Avram Glazer has refused to apologize to club supporters amid the fallout from the European Super League proposal and fan protests.

The controversial and maligned United ownership came under further pressure to sell the club this week with large fan groups protesting at Old Trafford on Sunday, the Red Devils’ game with Liverpool postponed for security reasons as around 100 fans entered the stadium and invaded the pitch. .

Outrage follows the club’s involvement in separatist European Super League plans and is the latest attempt to oust US ownership of power, as United supporters have staged several protests over the past decade against the family Glazer.

The disdain follows the property’s heavily indebted takeover of the club 16 years ago, cornering the club in debt and the Glazers have since taken more than ¬£ 1billion from the club’s finances to cover interest, controversial debt repayments and dividends to owners.

Meanwhile, the Glazer family did not invest a single penny of their own money in the club during this time.

Club co-chairman Joel Glazer wrote an open letter to supporters in which he offered a meager apology for the Red Devils’ involvement in Super League plans, incredibly just the second time the Glazer family have come together. engaged directly with the fan base – after the initial comments during their takeover.

However, when confronted with reporters near his Florida home, compatriot Avram Glazer declined to comment when in a rush to apologize and comment on the latest outburst of anger, ignoring whether it was time to owners to move on.

Following the weekend’s protests, the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) wrote a letter calling for major changes in the management of the club, outlining a four-point plan to move forward.

In the letter the requests are:

1. Voluntarily and openly initiate and promote the government-initiated fan-led review of football and take the opportunity to rebalance the current ownership structure in favor of supporters.

2. Immediately appoint independent directors to the board whose sole objective is to protect the interests of the club as a football club, and not of its shareholders.

3. Work with the Manchester United Supporters Trust and its supporters more broadly to set up a share ownership system accessible to all and comprising shares with the same voting rights as those held by the Glazer family. If the appetite is there among the fans, then you should welcome, and not object to, the Glazer family shareholding being reduced to a minority or even bought out.

4. Commit to fully consulting season ticket holders on any material changes in the future of our club, including the competitions in which we participate.

The fan group warned protests would continue if their demands were not met, with the group demanding a response, in writing, from the property by Friday.

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