Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer has apologised to supporters for the membership’s involvement within the breakaway European Tremendous League mission, saying the hierarchy failed to indicate respect to the “deep-rooted traditions” of the English sport.
United was among the many six Premier League membership 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’s going to 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 mentioned in an open letter to the supporters on Wednesday.
An open letter from Joel Glazer to all Manchester United followers.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 21, 2021
“We proceed to consider that European soccer must turn out to be extra sustainable all through the pyramid for the long-term. Nevertheless, we totally settle for that the Tremendous League was not the appropriate option 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 mentioned earlier on Wednesday that the mission might now not go forward after the English membership withdrew.
Italy’s Inter Milan and Spain’s Atletico Madrid has additionally deserted the competitors, with AC Milan indicating it could too.
Glazer assured supporters that obligatory steps will likely be taken to rebuild relationships with stakeholders throughout the sport as they search for options to the “long-term challenges dealing with the soccer pyramid”.