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Joel Glazer ‘apologises unreservedly’ to Man Utd fans for Super League

In a rare public communication, Glazer admitted the 12 founding members of the now-doomed project had “failed to show enough respect for [football’s] deep-rooted traditions” and said he he was “personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans”. 

United were one of the driving forces behind the planned breakaway, with Glazer named vice-chairman of the ESL, but joined the rest of the Premier League ‘Big Six’ in withdrawing last night in the face of intense criticism from across football, leaving the competition dead in the water.

Unlike some other clubs, United’s initial statement did not include any sentiment of regret or apology, but Glazer has now follow Liverpool owner John Henry in personally issuing a public apology to the club’s supporters. 

“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,” the letter read.

“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.

“Although the wounds are raw and I understand that it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans and learning from the message you delivered with such conviction.

“We continue to believe that European football needs to become more sustainable throughout the pyramid for the long-term. However, we fully accept that the Super League was not the right way to go about it.” 

United also announced yesterday that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is to leave the club at the end of the year, though their statement announcing his departure made no reference to the Super League. 

Read the letter in full below:

To all Manchester United supporters,

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.

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