May 13, 2021

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Jon Champion silenced on air by ESPN during rant against the Glazer ownership

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Commentator Jon Champion was cut off live on American channel ESPN whilst mid-rant about the Glazer ownership after Manchester United fans’ protests.

Manchester United fans hit the news in the states after their remonstrations against the Glazer family, which forced their match against Liverpool to be postponed.

Thousands were gathered outside Old Trafford, with hundreds broke into the stadium to voice their discontent on the pitch on two separate occasions.

Well-known commentator Champion, who was ITV’s main broadcaster for England games until earlier this year, was mid-conversation with ex-USA international Taylor Twellman in the ESPN studio when he was silenced by the network whilst speaking out against the Glazers.

Twellman was giving his view on the protests and postponement, saying: “Here in the United States, everything we do in sports in franchised,” before he was interrupted by Champion.

“Don’t mention that word, I hate that word. Because that has no place in our lexicon when we talk about European sports clubs,” he said.

“They’re clubs with beating hearts, not franchises. You have Manchester United, one of the Super League clubs… owned by the Glazer family who are widely despised as absentee owners.

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“They bought the club by loading debt onto it. They don’t show any signs of care for it.

“And yet this is the thing which dominates the lives of so many of its followers, that’s why…”, at which points ESPN switched to an advertisement break, cutting Champion off mid-flow.

ESPN have since claimed that the abrupt switch was down to technical difficulties.

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