Glazer, Kroenke apologize to Man United, Liverpool fans
American businessmen John Henry and Joel Glazer, who became two scourges of global football this week for dragging Liverpool and Manchester United into a doomed “Super League”, apologized to fans and their clubs on Wednesday.
Liverpool and Man United were two of twelve clubs that tried to break away from the existing European leagues and form their own, semi-exclusive elite league. The plan met with opposition from all walks of life – from players, coaches, executives, celebrities, politicians and, most importantly, fans. It collapsed on Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday, Liverpool owned Henry recorded a two and a half minute video saying, “I am solely responsible for the unnecessary negativity that has been generated over the past few days. I won’t.” to forget.”
Glazer, whose family belongs to Manchester United, admitted in a seemingly contrite letter: “We got it wrong and want to show that we can remedy the situation.”
But many fans felt that the apologies rang hollow.
Fans responded to United’s posting of the letter on Twitter with messages like “LOL f *** off Joel” and “Get out”.
Like Glazer, Henry “abandoned” their clubs
Glazer was vice chairman of the Super League and said in an announcement on Sunday that the league will “open a new chapter for European football to ensure world-class competition and facilities, and to increase financial support for the wider football pyramid”.
But the sloppy, brazen conspiracy angered millions of fans, especially those in England. It showed how little contact some foreign owners have with the principles and passion of their clubs’ supporters and even with their managers and players. Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp hated the plan. The players, led by Captain Jordan Henderson, put out one simple statement on Tuesday: “We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen.”
The owners never consulted players or coaches. And by not showing their faces – only Real Madrid president Florentino Perez spoke publicly in the 48 hours after the announcement – they hung up players and coaches to dry and interviews forced them to either endorse or support something wildly unpopular to criticize their own club.
“I would like to apologize to Jürgen [CEO Billy Hogan]To the players and to everyone who works so hard at LFC to make our fans proud, “said Henry on Wednesday.” You have absolutely no responsibility for this disorder. They were the most disturbed and unjustified. That hurts the most. They love your club and work to make you proud every day. “
And he said to the fans: “I let you down.”
Glazer said in his letter: “Although the wounds are raw and I understand it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally determined to rebuild the trust of our fans and learn from the message you are with have conveyed such conviction. “
What about Stan Kroenke?
Meanwhile, the other two American owners involved in the Super League, Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke and AC Milan’s Paul Singer, have remained silent.
Many Arsenal fans have long campaigned for Kroenke, who oversaw the club’s decline, to sell him
The embarrassment of the Super League saga led club legend Ian Wright to do so Join the choir: “#KroenkeOut.”
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