Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer has apologised to supporters for the membership’s involvement within the hapless breakaway European Tremendous League undertaking, saying the hierarchy failed to indicate respect to the “deep-rooted traditions” of the English sport.
United had been among the many six Premier League golf equipment who had signed up for the enterprise earlier than withdrawing on Tuesday amid a storm of protests from followers, gamers and the British authorities.
“Though the injuries are uncooked and I perceive that it’ll take time for the scars to heal, I’m personally dedicated to rebuilding belief with our followers and studying from the message you delivered with such conviction,” Glazer stated in an open letter to supporters on Wednesday.
“We proceed to imagine that European soccer must turn out to be extra sustainable all through the pyramid for the long-term. Nevertheless, we absolutely settle for that the Tremendous League was not the correct strategy to go about it.
“In looking for to create a extra steady basis for the sport, we failed to indicate sufficient respect for its deep-rooted traditions — promotion, relegation, the pyramid — and for that we’re sorry.”
Breakaway Tremendous League founder and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli stated earlier on Wednesday that the undertaking may not go forward after the English golf equipment withdrew.
Italy’s Inter Milan and Spain’s Atletico Madrid have additionally deserted the competitors, with AC Milan indicating they’d too.
Glazer assured supporters that essential steps shall be taken to rebuild relationships with stakeholders throughout the sport as they search for options to the “long-term challenges going through the soccer pyramid”.
Earlier on Wednesday, American John W Henry, principal proprietor of English champions Liverpool, additionally stated sorry for his half within the proposed league, issuing a heartfelt apology to the membership’s followers, supervisor and gamers.