Charles Green, the chief executive of Rangers has made an apology to Aston Villa after saying they were “completely useless.”
The Scottish club’s chief made remarks last week about how a European league might have to be created saying that “big teams can’t keep subsidising small teams for the next 10 years because they will go stale”.
When making these comments he asked: “How can Manchester United‘s revenues be £320m and Aston Villa, who are completely useless, get £250m?”
However, Green has now backtracked, apologising for potentially offending the club. He released a statement saying: “Rangers chief executive Charles Green has apologised to Aston Villa following a press briefing last week in which he referred to the Midlands club. Mr Green has sent an apology to Aston Villa saying there had been no intention to cause offence.”
Green, whose team play currently in Scottish Football League Division Three, was promoting the benefits of a new regional European League. It is thought that UEFA are interested in looking at the idea with concerns about polarisation between top clubs and the top leagues.
Green said: “Arsenal don’t want to play Southampton or Swansea, but ask them if they want to play Celtic or Rangers. It’s what the fans want to see. Fans across the world want to see Manchester United play Barcelona, not just once every few years, but every season.” He also believes Ranger could be a part of such a league.
The consortium belonging to Green were responsible for the relaunch of Rangers after the club went into liquidation.