Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt talked to Sky Sports News about the European Super League. In protesting against the breakaway club Nicky Butt called Super League ‘the worst case of bullying’.
While twelve Founding Clubs announced forming the new midweek competition on Sunday, six already withdrew from it on Tuesday night.
The Premier League ‘Big Six’ all faltered after Chelsea fans compelled their club to drop out first. Manchester City followed, and then Liverpool, and finally, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Manchester United withdrew as participants.
Liverpool owner John W Henry even offered a heartfelt apology, but Butt believes it irrelevant to apologize. “I don’t think an apology is too great anyway if I’m honest,” he said.
He instead insisted: “I think what happened should never have happened.”
The Worst Case of Bullying
Then, Nicky Butt called Super League ‘the worst case of bullying’: “What happened is the worst case of bullying in my opinion, from powerful people, so whether they apologize or not is irrelevant to me really.”
Butt was then asked how long would fans start trusting their favorite clubs’ owners again.
“A hell of a long time and I don’t see how it’s possible,” he replied. “It’s difficult to regain someone’s trust after going behind people’s backs for so long.”
He continued: “It’s going to be difficult, I don’t know how they do it.
“I think that’s how some of these businessmen work. They work in the shadows if you like and they do what they think is right, but I think the shocking thing is they can’t have empathy for the fans who make this sport so great.”
He then championed fan power, which, after all, made the Super League reversal possible in just two days.
“Without the fans, the sport is nothing, and to not be on board with what the fans want, that’s the alarming thing for me,” he said.
“So it’s a lesson to people who come into the country and come into powerful football clubs and think they can do whatever they want because they are owners and they are very, very wealthy,” he warned.
“Over the past few hours in this country it has proved not to be the case.”