Nicky Butt says club owners who have signed up for the European Super League are to blame for the ‘worst case of harassment’ after Man United were among the ‘big six’ of the Premier League forced to retire after fan outrage
- Nicky Butt has become the latest former player to sharply attack the failed Super League
- Former Manchester United midfielder accuses club owners involved in “harassment”
- Butt believes an apology will not be enough to calm angry supporters
- United were among the ‘big six’ of the Premier League forced into a humiliating descent
- Executive Vice President Ed Woodward has announced he will leave his post
- Butt left his job as head of United’s first-team development last month
Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has embarrassed those involved in trying to establish a torn-off European Super League, saying they are guilty of ‘the worst case of violence’.
Butt, who gave up his role as head of United’s first-team development last month, believes the ringleader’s apology won’t end with the fans.
The Super League seems dead in the water after the Premier League ‘Big Six’ of United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham withdrew on Tuesday night.
Nicky Butt hit club owners involved in shabby European Super League, accusing them of ‘worst case violence’
Butt, dressed in a Manchester United tracksuit top, appears to have toasted the deaths of the European Super League with a glass of red wine with a glass of red wine on Tuesday night
It happened after a similar post on social media by his classmate from ’92, Gary Neville
On Wednesday, they were followed by Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan, and of the 12 ‘founders’ of the competition, only Barcelona and Real Madrid remained.
A stormy protest by protesters from six English clubs followed, and United fans criticized the club’s owners, the Glazer family and executive vice president Ed Woodward for their prominent role in the project.
Woodward will step down from his position at the end of the year with an announcement made after the Super League debacle.
And Butt did not refrain from criticizing those responsible for Old Trafford.
‘I don’t think the apology is too big anyway if I’m honest,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘I don’t think what happened should have happened.
United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward (left) pictured with owners Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer in their 2019 Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona
Woodward helped the Glazers buy the club, and the Americans were the driving force behind the European Super League alongside Liverpool and the Arsenal owners
‘What happened is, in my opinion, the worst case of harassing powerful people, so it really matters to me whether they apologize or not.’
Asked how long it would take the club owners involved to regain the trust of the fans, Butt said: ‘Damn long and I don’t see how that’s possible. It’s hard to regain someone’s trust after people have gone behind them for so long.
‘It’s going to be hard, I don’t know how they do it.
Manchester United fans were among those protesting against the Super League this week
‘I think that’s what some of these businessmen do. They work if they work in the shadows and do what they think is right, but I think it’s shocking that they can’t have empathy for the fans who make this sport so great.
‘Without fans, sport is nothing, and not being a fan for what fans want is an alarming thing for me.
“So it’s a lesson to people who come to the country and go into powerful football clubs and think they can do whatever they want because they are owners and they are very, very rich.”