Manchester United chief executive Avram Glazer has refused to apologize for his family’s role in trying to bring the club into the European Premier League.
Glazer is the co-president along with his brother Joel, who are also managers of United and parent company Red Football Limited.
A Florida reporter called Avram Glazer on Tuesday and was asked a series of questions.
Sky News US reporter Sally Lockwood offered Glazer an opportunity to apologize to fans and also wondered if it was time to sell the club.
“Are fans just your customers?” Glazer was asked. Before Lockwood added, “Are customers always right, Mr. Glazer?”
“Nothing to say whatsoever to a Manchester United fan, Mr. Glazer?” Follow Lockwood. “This is an opportunity for you. Maybe an apology?”
“Are the fans just your clients, Mr. Glazer?”
But the 60-year-old refused to contact the reporter and after grocery shopping, he drove off without saying a word to Lockwood.
The son of Malcolm Glazer, Avram received a degree in business administration from the University of Washington in 1982 before obtaining a law degree from the American University, Washington School of Law, in 1985.
Between 1995 and 2009 he was Chairman and CEO of Zapata, a public US corporation with a host of interests.
All four of Malcolm Glazer’s children are United managers, with Kevin, Brian and Edward also on the board, but Avram and Joel are the co-CEO.
One of the most controversial matters in football history was the acquisition of Manchester United by the Glazers in 2005, as they did what is referred to as the “leverage acquisition”.
The £ 790 million acquisition was funded by debt that will be repaid from the company’s future profits.
The debt has reportedly already cost Manchester United nearly £ 1.1 billion in interest and debt repayment. Bloomberg .
The seizure of power at that time led to massive protests from supporters and they continued to voice their concerns.
But crowd anger reached a new level in April when the Glazers and United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward tried to move the club to the proposed European Premier League.
In the statement released at the time, Joel Glazer was listed as vice president of the European League, and United was understood to be one of the biggest advocates of the proposals.
However, two days later, all six participating English clubs made a dramatic turn after widespread criticism and anger from the vast majority of the game’s participants on these beaches.
While the Europa League plans are dead in the water for now, United fans have not stopped their protests, and the Red Devils’ game with Liverpool on Sunday had to be postponed after hundreds of fans stormed Old Trafford.
You can read more about the protests Here .