Ed Woodward FINALLY apologizes to Man United fans over the European Super League fiasco and now claims that plans for an escape will NEVER be revived because ‘we’ve learned our lesson’
- Man United chief Ed Woodward has said sorry to fans about the breakaway
- The controversial European Super League collapsed last week after a massive setback
- Woodward, who is standing up after controversy, apologized on Friday
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has apologized to fans over the European Super League debacle and reassured them that plans for a breakaway league will never be revived.
United chairman Joel Glazer apologized to supporters after the ESL collapse last week, and Woodward – who is standing up in the wake of the controversy – did the same in an emergency fan forum on Friday morning.
It features on the scheduled protests at Old Trafford ahead of Sunday’s game against Liverpool.
Man United chief Ed Woodward has said sorry to fans over the European Super League debacle
Manchester United chief Joel Glazer (right) apologized to fans for the Super League last week
Woodward said to the fans’ representatives: “It was clear that it was important to convene the forum at short notice to give you the opportunity to voice your opinion and discuss recent events.
Obviously, we didn’t do that enough before the Super League decision. Today is our first step to rectifying that.
You have all read Joel’s open letter to fans last week apologizing for the Super League decision and I would like to add my personal apologies to this forum.
‘I know you will feel angry and abandoned by the lack of consultation and, by the way, the proposal did not recognize the essential principle of open competition. A good conversation would have helped us avoid the mistake we made.
While the solidarity payments of the leading clubs to the rest of the pyramid would have increased significantly across Europe, we fully accept that there were fundamental elements that were seriously misunderstood.
As Joel said last week, we have not given enough weight to the essential principles and traditions of sporting merit that are so important to football, not only in domestic competition but also in European competition since the mid-1950s.
United fans during a fan protest against the club owners outside Old Trafford last weekend
United supporters gathered outside Old Trafford to protest against the club owners
Fans protested the club’s owners over the weekend with ‘Glazer out’ flags and inflatable hoses
We want to reiterate our commitment to those traditions. I can assure you that we have learned our lesson from the events of the past week and that we are not aiming for a revival of the Super League plans.
Manchester United are fortunate to be in a relatively stronger position than many clubs due to the resilience of our self-sufficient model.
“We have a disciplined, long-term approach that has enabled us to face the pandemic while continuing to invest in the team, which we will continue to do this summer.
We will now continue to work with the rest of the football community to address the long-term challenges facing the game.
But I can assure you that we will do so with great sensitivity to the opinions you and other fans have expressed in recent days.
“As Joel said last week, our fans are what makes Manchester United so great, and they should always be at the heart of this club.”
Woodward (right) resigned last week as United’s executive vice chairman