Nicky Butt says club owners who have joined the European Super League are guilty of ‘worst case of bullying’ after Man United were among the Premier League’s ‘big six’ forced to pull out after fan anger
- Nicky Butt has become the last former player to slam the failed Super League
- Ex-Manchester United midfielder accused club owners of ‘bullying’
- Butt believes an apology won’t be enough to calm outraged supporters
- United were among the Premier League’s ‘big six’ who were forced into a humiliating climb down
- Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward announced that he will be leaving his post
- Butt left his job as Head of First Team Development at United last month
Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has fooled those involved in setting up the escaping European Super League by saying they are guilty of the ‘worst case of bullying’.
Butt, who stepped down from his role as head of United’s first team development last month, believes an apology from the leaders is not enough for the fans.
The Super League appears to be dead in the water after the Premier League ‘Big Six’ of United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham withdrew on Tuesday evening.
Nicky Butt has lashed out the club owners involved in the escaping European Super League, accusing them of the ‘worst case of bullying’
Clad in a Manchester United tracksuit, Butt appeared in an Instagram post on Tuesday evening to toast the demise of the European Super League with a glass of red wine.
It came after a similar post on social media by his Class of ’92 teammate Gary Neville
They were followed on Wednesday by Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan, leaving only Barcelona and Real Madrid of the competition’s 12 ‘founders’.
It followed a storm of protest from supporters of the six English clubs, with United fans criticizing the club’s owners, the Glazer family and Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward for playing a prominent role in the project.
Woodward will step down at the end of the year with the announcement brought forward following the Super League debacle.
And Butt didn’t hold back in his criticism of those in charge of Old Trafford.
“I don’t think an apology is too big anyway if I’m honest,” he said Sky Sports. ‘I think what happened should never have happened.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward (left) in photo with owners Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer during their Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona in 2019
Woodward helped the Glazers buy the club, and the Americans were a driving force behind the European Super League alongside the owners of Liverpool and Arsenal.
“What happened is, in my opinion, the worst case of bullying by powerful people, so whether they apologize or not is really irrelevant to me.”
Asked how long it would take for the involved club owners to regain the trust of the fans, Butt said: ‘A bloody long time and I don’t see how it’s possible. It’s hard to regain someone’s trust after sitting behind people for so long.
‘It’s going to be difficult, I don’t know how they do it.
Manchester United fans were among those who protested the Super League this week
“I think that’s how some of these business people work. They work in the shadows if you want and they do what they think is right, but I think the shocking thing is that they can’t empathize with the fans who make this sport so great.
‘Without the fans, the sport is nothing, and not participating in what the fans want is the alarming thing to me.
“So it’s a lesson for people who come into the country and join powerful football clubs and think they can do whatever they want because they are owners and are very, very rich.”