Manchester United followers stormed into the English soccer membership’s stadium and on to the pitch on Sunday to protest in opposition to the staff’s house owners, the American billionaire Glazer household, and their thwarted plan to hitch the deserted breakaway Tremendous League.
Followers at Outdated Trafford chanted, set off flares and unfurled banners calling for the Glazers to make an exit from Manchester.
The protests led to the delay after which postponement of the membership’s match in opposition to arch-rivals Liverpool, which is owned by John Henry’s Fenway Sports activities Group, one other American investor who apologised to followers for backing the Tremendous League.
Followers have “the correct to free expression and peaceable protest”, Manchester United mentioned in an announcement. “Nonetheless, we remorse the disruption to the staff and actions which put different followers, employees, and the police at risk.”
The Premier League added: “We perceive and respect the energy of feeling however condemn all acts of violence, felony injury and trespass, particularly given the related Covid-19 breaches.”
Joel Glazer, the staff’s co-chairman, apologised final month after being compelled to cancel plans to kind a breakaway Tremendous League for an elite group of Europe’s greatest recognized soccer golf equipment, together with Spain’s Actual Madrid and Italy’s Juventus.
Below the proposals, the founding golf equipment would have been assured a spot within the league yearly, which matches in opposition to the custom of European soccer wherein golf equipment compete to participate in top-level competitions.
Followers stay indignant that Manchester United backed the Tremendous League. Their unhappiness with the Glazers goes again to the household’s acquisition of the membership in 2005, a £790m leveraged buyout that saddled it with debt, pricey charges and curiosity funds. The household additionally extract dividends from the membership, a rarity within the enterprise of soccer.
Gary Neville, the previous Manchester United participant and an influential pundit, mentioned on Sky Sports activities that it was the correct time for the Glazers to promote the membership, which has didn’t win the Premier League since 2013.
“It will be the honourable factor to do,” he mentioned.
Forward of the match, Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s government vice-chair, who introduced he would step down on the finish of the 12 months after the frosty reception to the Tremendous League, apologised to followers for the staff’s function within the deserted mission.
“I can guarantee you that we now have discovered our lesson . . . and we don’t search any revival of the Tremendous League plans,” he advised supporters at a gathering on Friday.