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fan power Fans protest at Man United's training ground as Super League chief insists breakaway plan is 'on hold'


Manchester United’s owners have apologised (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United’s owners have apologised (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United’s owners have apologised (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United fans have staged a 'Glazer Out' protest at the club's Carrington training base, as the fall-out from the aborted Super League breakaway plan rumbles on.

United were prominent promoters of the Super League that was announced last Sunday and collapsed in humiliating fashion amid a storm of protests a couple of days later.

Manchester United executive vice-chairman is leaving United amid the chaos he helped to promote and co-owner Joel Glazer posted an apology on the club's website on Wednesday.

Yet fans are now calling for change at United and protest was staged as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's players returned to training on Thursday morning, with fans calling for more say in the decisions being made by the club.

A club statement read: "At approximately 9am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground. The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were secure and the group has now left the site."

Meanwhile, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has insisted plans to form the breakaway Super League are merely 'on hold' as he took part in an extraordinary interview on Wednesday night.

Claiming no club has yet to leave the Super League and suggesting Chelsea fans who protested outside Stamford Bridge before their home game against Brighton on Tuesday had been paid to show up, Perez was defiant in a lengthy interview.

Speaking on the El Larguero show on Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Super League chairman Perez claimed all 12 clubs "have not left yet".

"You cannot get out of the contract like this - they are binding contracts," he stated. "If anyone thinks the Super League is dead, are they wrong? Absolutely.

"I'm a bit sad and disappointed because we've been working on this project for three years, but we're going to keep working and what everyone thinks is for the best will emerge. The project is on standby. The Super League still exists.

"The Champions League format is old and only interesting from the quarter-finals onwards.

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"This format clearly doesn't work, so we thought that we could have a format where the most important teams in Europe play against each other from the very beginning of the season.

"We worked out the numbers and felt we could make much more money, more money for all the other teams too."

He also claimed one of the English clubs that signed up for the Premier League was never fully committed to the breakaway, with their uncertainty undermining the whole plan.

"There was someone in the English group that didn't have much interest, I won't say who," he added. "That began to infect others.

"In the end, we all signed a binding agreement, but I think one was never very convinced."

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