Fans still angry as Man United promise not to relaunch Super League
MANCHESTER, England – Manchester United have tried to reassure skeptical fans that they will not revive Super League plans, although many fans again expressed outrage on Friday.
The exchange took place at a fan forum hosted by the team, with United trying to redeem themselves amid reports that thousands of supporters plan to demonstrate at Old Trafford on Sunday when the team host Liverpool.
“I can assure you that we have learned a lesson from the events of the past week and that we are not looking to revive Super League plans,” United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward said in a statement to the Super League. forum.
United and Liverpool were among six Premier League clubs that attempted to form an exclusive European Super League with three clubs each from Spain and Italy. Widespread opposition quickly ended the project, with all six England teams pulling out within 48 hours of the announcement.
The ‘Big 6’ clubs have been controlling the damage ever since, offering various forms of apologies and declarations of regret, while fans long frustrated with billionaire owners have called for sweeping changes.
United co-owner Joel Glazer said in a statement on April 21 that “we apologize wholeheartedly” and pledged to work closely with supporters to restore confidence.
At Friday’s forum, however, the Manchester United Supporters Trust issued a statement rejecting Glazer’s apology and proposing changes “to rebalance the current ownership structure in favor of supporters.”
“We are disgusted, embarrassed and angry at the owner’s actions regarding the planning, training and announcement of the European Super League,” said Fan Confidence, which has 200,000 members worldwide.
“Joel Glazer’s later apologies are not accepted. Actions speak louder than words and he and his family have shown time and time again that their only motivation is personal gain at the expense of our football club.
Woodward, who is retiring at the end of the year, apologized on Friday for his role in the Super League decision. Rejecting the principle of open competition and winning places was a mistake, he said.
“As Joel said last week, we have not given enough weight to the essential principles and traditions of sporting merit that are so vital to football not only in national competitions but in European competitions from the middle. 1950s, ”he said. “We want to reaffirm our commitment to these traditions. ”