Commentator Jon Champion was abruptly TAKEN OFF on US TV when he spoke out against the Glazer family and criticized the ‘franchise system’ of sports property in the United States while reporting the postponement at Manchester United
- Manchester United’s big game against Liverpool on Sunday was postponed
- Thousands of United fans protested against Glazer’s owners on Sunday
- Jon Champion was in the ESPN studio to speak out about the US owners
- However, he was abruptly cut off by the network while criticizing the Glazers
- ESPN has since released the full transcript of the conversation between Champion and ex-USA international Taylor Twellman
Commentator Jon Champion was abruptly cut off from the US network ESPN on Sunday while talking about the Glazer family who own Manchester United in the midst of the Red Devils’ postponed match against Liverpool.
One of the biggest matches in English football did not take place as planned on Sunday after thousands of United fans gathered at Old Trafford to protest the American billionaires who own the club in the wake of the failed launch of the European Super League .
And 55-year-old English broadcaster Champion, who continues to comment on ITV at major tournaments, was talking with ex-USA international Taylor Twellman in the ESPN studio when he was cut off by the network speaking out against the Glazers.
Jon Champion (L) was cut off from ESPN after speaking out against the Glazer family on Sunday
The 55-year-old English broadcaster was talking to Taylor Twellman (off-camera) about the protest at Old Trafford when he was cut off by the network
Twellman expressed his verdict on the protests and the postponement, saying, ‘Here in the United States, everything we do in sports is franchised …’
At this point Champion interrupted his colleague and expressed his own opinion: “Don’t say that word, I hate that word. Because that doesn’t belong in our lexicon when we talk about European sports clubs.
‘They are clubs with beating hearts, not franchises. You have Manchester United, one of the Super League clubs … owned by the Glazer family who are widely despised as absent owners.
‘They bought the club by charging debt there. They don’t show any signs of concern for it.
‘And yet this is the thing that dominates the lives of so many of its followers, that’s why …’, at that point, Champion was cut off, with the broadcast switching to an ad for an MLS fixture.
United fans protested against the Glazers, postponing the game against Liverpool
ESPN have since suggested that the switchover from broadcast was due to technical problems.
The US sports network released the full video, and Champion continued, “That’s why they care, why do they hate the Super League and take this opportunity.”
Twellman then replies: ‘So my question – a little ironic, a little serious – is when they buy Erling Haaland for £ 160m through this transfer window, are these fans on the field taking pictures, will they be that upset? ? ‘
Champion answers firmly and says, “Yes. They really are, because this is beyond winning titles, signing players.
The massive protests at Old Trafford escalated with hundreds of fans entering the stadium
“This is their heartbeat, their club, and that’s what some of us in America don’t always understand.”
United fans protested the Glazer family – who also own Super Bowl winners and NFL franchise the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – who have owned the club since 2005.
It follows the failed launch of the European Super League two weeks ago, in which the Glazers were architects of the breakaway league widely condemned in English football.