European Super League: Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer apologises to club fans

Glazer’s letter comes after Liverpool owner John W Henry apologised to their fans earlier on Wednesday

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Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer has issued an apology to club fans after their withdrawal from the European Super League. In a letter addressed to the fans, Joel Glazer has apologised “unreservedly for the unrest” caused over the last few days. Earlier on Wednesday, Liverpool owner John W Henry also apologised to their fans. It comes after Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur pulled out of the tournament on Tuesday.

The letter begins, “Over the past few days, we have all witnessed the great passion which football generates, and the deep loyalty our fans have for this great club. You made very clear your opposition to the European Super League, and we have listened. We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.”

“Although the wounds are raw and I understand that it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans and learning from the message you delivered with such conviction. We continue to believe that European football needs to become more sustainable throughout the pyramid for the long-term.”

He also accepted in the letter that the proposed breakaway league was not the right approach. “However, we fully accept that the Super League was not the right way to go about it. In seeking to create a more stable foundation for the game, we failed to show enough respect for its deep-rooted traditions –promotion, relegation, the pyramid – and for that we are sorry,” he added.

‘Apologise unreservedly’

“This is the world’s greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days. It is important for us to put that right. Manchester United has a rich heritage and we recognise our responsibility to live up to its great traditions and values.”

“The pandemic has thrown up so many unique challenges and we are proud of the way Manchester United and its fans from Manchester and around the world have reacted to the enormous pressures during this period.”

Joel Glazer also stressed on the importance of maintaining better communication with the fans in the future. “We also realise that we need to better communicate with you, our fans, because you will always be at the heart of the club,” he added.

“In the background, you can be sure that we will be taking the necessary steps to rebuild relationships with other stakeholders across the game, with a view to working together on solutions to the long-term challenges facing the football pyramid.”

“Right now, our priority is to continue to support all of our teams as they push for the strongest possible finish to the season. In closing, I would like to recognise that it is your support which makes this club so great, and we thank you for that,” the letter concluded.

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