Manchester United co-chairman Avram Glazer refused to apologise to fans or address the recent European Super League scandal and subsequent protests when confronted by a reporter in Florida.
Avram is the joint most senior ranking Glazer family member in the United hierarchy alongside brother Joel, although it is the latter that takes on most involvement in running the club.
Joel Glazer issued a public apology to fans for the club’s participation in the launch of the now defunct European Super League, his first direct communication to supporters since 2005 soon after his late father, Malcolm, completed a controversial takeover that plunged the club into debt.
Joel vowed to earn back the trust of United fans in the wake of the ESL scandal, trust it has been widely pointed that neither he nor any member of his family ever had in the first place.
When approached by Sky News reporter Sally Lockwood while seemingly out grocery shopping, Avram Glazer refused to engage at all. He remained completely silent as he returned to his car and drove away, despite being asked important questions about United fans.
“Do you have anything to say to Manchester United fans, Mr Glazer? Is it time to sell the club, Mr Glazer? Nothing to say at all?” Lockwood quizzed.
“Are the fans just customers to you? Is the customer always right, Mr Glazer? Nothing to say at all to the fans of Manchester United, Mr Glazer?
“This is an opportunity for you, an apology perhaps? Are the fans just customers to you, Mr Glazer?”
Anti-Glazer sentiment among United fans has been present since before the takeover was complete. Protests peaked again in 2010, at the height of the club’s recent successes, with the failed ESL the catalyst for the latest round, culminating in a mass protest at Old Trafford last weekend.
The Glazer family’s ownership of United has cost the club an estimated £1.1bn since 2005.