Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer has refused to apologise to supporters after dodging several questions fired his way when confronted by a journalist in Florida.
Sunday’s game between United and Liverpool was postponed due to protestors breaking into Old Trafford. What started as a peaceful protest was marred by some scenes of violence. United fans were protesting against the club’s owners, the Glazer family.
They have never got on well with the American owners and their dissatisfaction resurfaced when the club tried to break away into a new European Super League last month.
Those plans were ultimately shelved but it gave United fans the opportunity to remind them that they want them out of the club.
Amid reports that two further games this season could be targeted, the Glazers look set to face more testing times ahead. Indeed, Avram Glazer gave a short two-word answer when questioned recently about the potential sale of United.
This time, another journalist, Sky News US correspondent Sally Lockwood, caught up with Avram Glazer again. But after a barrage of questions, he simply doubled down and ignored her probing questions.
Glazer was asked ‘are the fans just customers to you?’ before Lockwood added ‘are the customers always right Mr Glazer?’
Avram Glazer, part of the family that owns Manchester United, was questioned by Sky News’ US correspondent @sallylockwood.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 4, 2021
“Nothing to say at all to the fans of Manchester United Mr Glazer?” Lockwood continued. “This is an opportunity for you. An apology perhaps?
“Are the fans just customers to you Mr Glazer?”
However, the 60-year-old refused to engage and merely drove off with his shopping without exchanging a word. An unrepentant man who simply refuses to apologise.
Glazer debts grow at Man Utd
The Glazer family’s takeover of Manchester United was completed in 2005 by Malcolm Glazer.
However, the deal is viewed as one of the most controversial in football history, having been done so as a ‘leveraged buyout’.
Their £790million takeover was funded by debt to be repaid from the company’s future profits.
That takeover was accompanied by widespread supporter unrest.
However, those have re-emerged in the wake of the failed European Super League farce.
According to Bloomberg, that debt now stands at almost £1.1billion in the form of both interest and debt repayments.
All four of Malcolm Glazer’s sons are directors at United, with Kevin, Bryan and Edward also on the board. But it is Avram and Joel who are the executive co-chairmen.
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