An American family member who owns Manchester United has refused to apologize to fans for the disastrous attempt to form a breakaway European Super League.
I met Avram Glazer in Florida and offered him the opportunity to address fan concerns by saying, “This is an opportunity for you – an apology maybe?”
I asked him if it was time for his family to sell the club and if he had something to say to the supporters.
But, after doing some shopping, Mr. Glazer, in sunglasses, refused to sign up and left without saying anything.
Fans protested outside United’s Old Trafford Stadium on Sunday, demanding that the glaziers give way to new owners.
There has been growing anger among already disgruntled supporters since Manchester United joined 11 other clubs by signing up for a European Super League last month.
Such was the ferocity of the reaction collapsed within 48 hours.
Mr. Glazer’s brother, Joel, “apologized wholeheartedly” to the fans following the withdrawal of the club.
There has always been opposition to Manchester United ownership by the Glazer family since they bought the club 16 years ago, but the relationship now looks toxic.
One of the biggest criticisms of the Glazers is that they are widely seen as absentee American owners who only care about the money, have no understanding of the passion and legacy of English football, and do not understand not that the supporters are the lifeblood of the club.
The Manchester United Supporters Trust wrote an open letter to Joel Glazer, requesting dialogue and demanding a response by Friday.
They say no family member has “ever had more than a conversation” with them and that the frustration reached “boiling point” on Sunday.
The billionaire Palm Beach enclave feels far from Manchester.
Multi-million pound mansions can be found on palm-fringed roads. This exclusive island – nearly 4,000 miles from Manchester – is where Donald Trump now lives in his private club, Mar-a-Lago.
Avram Glazer seems to lead a rather private and secluded lifestyle, but fans are now demanding an engagement with their billionaire owners.