May 15, 2021

Man Utd


Manchester United chief Ed Woodward leaves Uefa role

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Manchester United have resigned from the European Club Association and Ed Woodward has stepped down from his role with Uefa amid the club’s involvement with the Super League.

United executive vice-chairman Woodward was appointed onto Uefa’s Professional Football Strategy Council as an ECA representative in September 2017. The club has also confirmed Joel Glazer will be one of the vice-chairmen of the Super League.

Woodward addressed the Super League reports in an investors’ call in October and said: “I don’t know where that story came from.”

Woodward reassured supporters on the November fans’ forum United would ‘keep matchgoing fans firmly in the centre of thoughts’ over possible changes to European club competition. A source present on the call has confirmed to the Manchester Evening News fans were not consulted on United’s involvement in the Super League.

Sir Alex Ferguson broke ranks to condemn the Super League plans before they were confirmed in a press release published at 11.10pm on Sunday night and United legend Gary Neville also denounced the inaugural competition.

The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust decried the club’s Super League involvement in a statement on Sunday night.

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“These proposals are completely unacceptable and will shock Manchester United fans, as well as those of many other clubs,” it began. “A ‘Super League’ based on a closed shop of self-selected wealthy clubs goes against everything football, and Manchester United, should stand for.

“To bring forward these proposals without any fan consultation, and in the midst of a global pandemic when people should be pulling together not serving their own selfish interests, just adds insult to injury.

“When Sir Matt Busby led us into the European Cup in the 1950s, the modern Manchester United was founded in the tragedy and then triumph that followed. To even contemplate walking away from that competition would be a betrayal of everything this club has ever stood for.

“We urge everyone involved in this proposal including Manchester United to immediately withdraw from this proposal.”

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