Manchester United fans have made headlines in the United States after protests against the Glazer family, which forced their game against Liverpool to be postponed.
Thousands of people were gathered outside Old Trafford, and hundreds broke into the stadium to express their displeasure on the pitch on two occasions.
Well-known commentator Champion, who was ITV’s main broadcaster for England matches until earlier this year, was in the middle of a conversation with former US international Taylor Twellman in the ESPN studio when he was silenced by the network as he denounced the Glazers.
Twellman was giving his take on the protests and the postponement, saying, “Here in the US, everything we do in sport is franchised,” before being cut off by Champion.
“Don’t mention that word, I hate that word.” Because it has no place in our lexicon when we talk about European sports clubs, ”he said.
“These are heart-pounding clubs, not franchises. You have Manchester United, one of the clubs in the Super League… owned by the Glazer family who are widely looked down upon as absent owners.
“They bought the club with debt. They show no signs of caring for him.
“And yet that’s the thing that dominates the lives of so many of its followers, that’s why…”, at which point ESPN went on a commercial break, cutting Champion halfway through.
ESPN has since claimed the abrupt change was due to technical difficulties.