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Ed Woodward became the first victim of the ill-fated European Super League on Tuesday night as it was announced he would step down from his role at United come the end of the season. Woodward was a key figure in fiercely controversial plans for the new breakaway league, with his links to US investment bank JP Morgan helping to secure the £4.3billion in financing. And it is hard to see how his imminent departure is not linked to the doomed European venture.
Rio Ferdinand has demanded Manchester United offer an explanation regarding Ed Woodward's resignation as executive vice-chairman following the club's withdrawal from the European Super League.
Woodward was planning to leave his role at the end of the year - and is set to remain until then — but the announcement had been brought forward following his key role in making United founding members of the breakaway league just 48 hours before their withdrawal.
United were joined by fellow Premier League 'Big Six' sides, , , and Tottenham in pulling out of the proposals, but the majority offered little or no apologies or explanations in statements released on Tuesday night.
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Chelsea fans were seen protesting against the Super League and then celebrating their withdrawal from the plans before their side's 0-0 draw against Brighton at Stamford Bridge.
And, Ferdinand commended Blues' supporters efforts but now demanded answers from the 'faceless' owners - such as the Glazers at United - as to their intentions behind organising the Super League.
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'We want to know the answers, it is all vague,' he said. 'We want to know why you went forward with this, and how you thought the fans would be ok with this?
'What were your reasons behind doing this? You can't run institutions like Man United, Liverpool, the six clubs that we have got and think you can just be a faceless person that just throws out ideas that won't affect anybody.
'But you see the uproar, the turnout, the fallout that happens and I commend the Chelsea fans that went to Chelsea, going bananas, I'd love to see more people do that. These people need to understand.
'You can't come out and give us a blanket coverup story and not tell us why. Ed Woodward resigned, I want to know why, where are you Ed? I know you personally.
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'I want to know why, were you part of this? I could sit here and hammer Ed Woodward, I could sit here and hammer the Glazers. I could sit here and hammer all the owners of these football clubs.
'I don't want to waste my time doing that, I just want answers. They should be put up on a pedestal, like they wanted to be as these six great clubs, and come out now and answer some questions, that's what the fans deserve.'
Fellow former United and England defender Gary Neville also slammed United for their three-line statement announcing they were quitting the Super League.
United's statement on Tuesday night read: 'Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League.
'We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders.
'We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game.'
In response on Wednesday morning, Neville took to social media to scold United's response and label it 'Quite possibly the worst communication I’ve ever seen in my life!'
The United icon said he had read the statement '3-4 times' and could not get over the manner in which the Premier League giants had downplayed the situation.
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