Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer says the membership “apologise unreservedly for the unrest” brought on by the proposed European Tremendous League.
The uncommon public remark from the American got here after Liverpool proprietor John W Henry apologised to supporters.
United, Liverpool and 4 different Premier League sides withdrew from the ESL on Tuesday after a backlash.
“We failed to indicate sufficient respect for its deep-rooted traditions,” Glazer mentioned in an open letter to followers.
The 50-year-old admitted efforts “in searching for to create a extra steady basis for the sport” didn’t honour the conventions of promotion and relegation inside the wider soccer pyramid.
“For that we’re sorry,” he mentioned. “That is the world’s best soccer membership and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest brought about throughout these previous few days.
“Manchester United has a wealthy heritage and we recognise our duty to stay as much as its nice traditions and values.”
BBC Sport’s Simon Stone mentioned: “It’s uncommon certainly for Glazer to discuss United. He has executed one interview with MUTV on the time of the takeover in 2005 – and that’s it.”
Glazer mentioned they may work to “rebuild relationships” throughout soccer “with a view to working collectively on options to the long-term challenges going through the soccer pyramid”.
“We additionally realise that we have to higher talk with you, our followers, as a result of you’ll at all times be on the coronary heart of the membership,” he continued.
The Duke of Cambridge, who’s president of the Soccer Affiliation, mentioned in a tweet that he’s happy that soccer supporters’ opposition to the ESL had been “heard and listened to”.
Earlier on Wednesday, Henry took sole duty for the “pointless negativity”, saying: “On this endeavour I’ve allow you to down.
“The challenge put ahead was by no means going to face with out the assist of the followers.
“Over these 48 hours you have been very clear that it might not stand. We heard you. I heard you.”
In different developments on Wednesday:
- Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli admitted the challenge couldn’t proceed after the Premier League golf equipment withdrew.
- AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid adopted swimsuit, taking the full withdrawals to 9.
- Rival managers, chairmen and officers referred to as for tighter laws and potential punishments for the six English golf equipment.
Earlier than Liverpool’s assertion confirming the membership’s withdrawal, captain Jordan Henderson had mentioned on social media his facet’s “collective place” was that they didn’t need the breakaway to go forward.
“We do not prefer it and we do not need it to occur,” learn a message that was additionally posted by many fellow Liverpool gamers.
Reds supervisor Jurgen Klopp and midfielder James Milner additionally voiced their opposition to the plans after their Premier League sport at Leeds on Monday.
In a video launched by Liverpool, Henry additionally apologised to Klopp, the gamers and chief government Billy Hogan, promising to do all he might to win again the supporters’ belief.
“They’ve completely no duty for this disruption,” added Henry. “They have been essentially the most disrupted, and unfairly so. That is what hurts most. They love your membership and work to make you proud each single day.”
“Once more, I am sorry, and I alone am liable for the pointless negativity introduced ahead over the previous couple of days. It is one thing I will not neglect. And exhibits the facility the followers have right this moment and can rightly proceed to have.”
‘Uefa have to cease pandering to those individuals’
In a press release, Liverpool supporters group Spirit of Shankly mentioned Henry’s apology was a “PR train” that was “too little, too late”.
“We want a basic change in soccer governance,” it added. “One that’s honest for the entire soccer pyramid, not simply the rapacious elite.”
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish referred to as the ESL plans an “tried coup” and mentioned the authorities ought to now stand as much as any membership pushing for beneficial therapy.
He advised BBC Breakfast: “What Uefa have to do is begin taking care of the sport and cease pandering to those individuals and making an attempt desperately to maintain them contained in the tent as a result of they’ll be contained in the tent now no matter occurs.”
Brighton chief government Paul Barber advised BBC Radio 4’s As we speak programme that the foundations wanted to be “tightened considerably” to ensure this by no means occurred once more.
When requested whether or not the six English golf equipment must be punished with factors deductions, he added that was “actually one thing the Premier League and Soccer Affiliation want to have a look at”.
West Brom supervisor Sam Allardyce mentioned the concept of a Tremendous League had merely been placed on maintain and with out “higher safety” we’d see related proposals “time and again”.
Former Liverpool winger John Barnes went so far as suggesting a wage cap wanted to be launched to make sure “a degree taking part in subject” for each group within the Premier League.