One of Manchester United’s and Juventus’ top shareholders has criticized football clubs for backing the European Super League, after fierce opposition from fans and politicians.
Lindsell Train, co-owner of English and Italian football heavyweights Announcement of Super League projectIt came as a “surprise” to consist of 12 of Europe’s elite clubs
The UK fund manager said there had now been meetings with the two clubs and “expressed frustration over the respectable damage Juventus and Manchester United have inflicted on themselves.”
“Most importantly, we urge them to return to respectful discussions with all members of the football community to work for mutual benefit,” wrote fund manager Nick Tren. A letter from investors.
“We continue to closely monitor events as they unfold as we consider the implications for our investment.”
Juventus have confirmed a meeting has taken place but Lindsell has disputed the details of the train talks. Juventus said: “Unfortunately the content of the meeting seems to be different from what you said at your request.”
“We have the utmost respect and commitment. . . [to a] Good relations with all our shareholders, ”the club went on.
Manchester United declined to comment.
According to the club’s website, Lindsell Train has an 11.3 percent stake in Juventus, the largest shareholder after Exor, the Italian holding company that controls most of the shares.
The fund’s director also owns about 30 percent of New York-listed Manchester United’s Class A shares, making it one of the two largest outside shareholders. Glazer familyThe majority of American billionaires are in control.
Co-chairman Joel Glazer has apologized to fans for Manchester United’s participation in the Super League and promised to build trust. The team was one of six English teams to stay out of competition with Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and new English champions Manchester City. AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid have also stated their intention to withdraw.
Manchester United fans have continued To protest against glazers And ownership of the club, which entered the home stadium Old Trafford earlier this month, forced arch rivals to postpone the match against Liverpool. More protests were held outside the schedule on Thursday night.
However, FC Barcelona of Spain and Real Madrid as well as Juventus have continued Stand by the Super League, European Steering Committee clashes with UEFA.
Europe’s most prestigious club has threatened more disciplinary action if it does not overtake rivals Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus in the tournament and any Brexit threat.
In a joint statement, the three clubs returned to UEFA and warned the board that they would defend themselves.