Ferdinand slams Glazers for their ‘generic PR’ ESL apology

Date published: Friday 7th May 2021 4:29 - Lewis Oldham

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Rio Ferdinand has criticised Joel and Avram Glazer after they produced a “generic PR” apology for their involvement in the ESL.

The Glazer family have been under fire of late for their role with the controversial European Super League.

Mass protests have taken place at Old Trafford in recent weeks. The most notable of these came in the lead-up to Man United’s game against Liverpool. The protests forced the clash to be postponed.


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As cited by The Independent, Ferdinand told BT Sport that the Glazer’s thought they were getting a “franchise” when they bought Man United:

“I pulled up a quote from Joel Glazer when they bought the club in 2005.

“It read ‘the fans are the life blood of the club, people want to know what’s happening. We will be communicating’ but then they didn’t speak to us until two weeks ago.

“That shows you that quote there was to come in, get under the carpet and then see how it goes. It shows me 100 per cent, bearing in mind what they did with the Super League a couple of weeks ago, they thought they were buying a franchise or something they could turn into a franchise.

“They didn’t realise they’ve bought a club that is steeped in history. The biggest part of that is being a part of the community. [Paul] Scholes will know that the best, he lives there, he’s grown up there. That community is the bed rock of the football club.

“That’s what they don’t understand. It’s a different culture and they have to understand.

“You want to see a face. You don’t want to see a generic PR quote that came out as an apology. That is not good enough.

“The people that are in this club, a part of this club want to see a face now. Put your face out there, speak, take some questions. Immerse yourself in the club now if you are what you say you are – someone who loves the club and wants the best for the club.

“That is what you are trying to tell us, that you care about the fans…but there was no consideration before.”

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