Protests have been happening outside many stadiums in England in the wake of the European Super League controversy
Manchester United fans protesting against the Glazers family’s ownership blocked the entrances to the club’s Carrington training ground on Thursday morning. The development comes in the wake of the recent European Super League announcement. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to intervene and talk with the protesters on Thursday morning. Around 20 United fans took part in the protests.
The protestors had banners reading, ‘51% MUFC 20’, ‘We decide when you play’ and ‘Glazers out’. After sometime they left the complex. “At approximately 9am this morning, a group gained access to the club training ground,” read a United statement on Thursday.
“The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were secure and the group has now left the site.”
Solskjaer was joined by Michael Carrick, technical director Darren Fletcher and midfielder Nemanja Matic in speaking to the protesting fans.
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Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer would have been a vice-chairman of the European Super League. However, the club withdrew from the breakaway league on Tuesday following severe backlash.
Joel Glazer also issued an apology to the fans on Wednesday. The letter reads, “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.”
It added, “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.”
“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.”