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Musk's tweet joking about Manchester United buyout causes uproar

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FILE - Elon Musk attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala on May 2, 2022, in New York. Musk caused a stir among Manchester United fans by tweeting that he was buying the English soccer team, then saying several hours later that it was just part of a long-running joke.
File - Elon Musk at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 2, 2022 will attend in New York. Musk sparked controversy among Manchester United fans when he tweeted that he was buying the English football team, hours later saying it was just part of a long-standing joke. Photo by Evan Agostini /Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

London (AP) — by Elon Musk He tweeted that he was trying to buy the English football team Manchester United, and hours later went viral saying it was a joke.

That comes as billionaire Tesla CEO faces a legal battle in the US after backing out of his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter. increase. He uses the platform a lot, often thinking about social issues, joking with his 103 million followers, and getting into trouble with US regulators.

Earlier Wednesday, Musk tweeted about his own political affiliation, adding in his second tweet:

This came as shocking news to the world of Manchester United – welcomed by many – after nearly a decade of subpar performances. .

Musk previously tweeted that he had the money to take Tesla private in 2018, sending the electric car maker's stock soaring. This clashed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This led to a securities fraud settlement that required approval by Tesla's attorneys before his tweets went public.

Now he faces more legal troubles over his Twitter acquisition, which he negotiated in April. Musk sold about $8.5 billion worth of Tesla stock to finance the purchase, and lined up various other groups of investors to back him.

The deal fell apart last month after Musk said Twitter refused to provide enough information about the number of fake accounts on the platform. Twitter may have tried to get him to pay the $1 billion split fee he agreed to, but instead is suing to force him to complete the purchase. , which is set to go on trial in Delaware in October.

Musk appears to have endless potential to buy the world's best footballer, but many Manchester United hopes the club will return to the top. of a game that would have been a welcome prospect for fans. Manchester His United, under Alex Ferguson, was arguably the greatest team in the world, winning 13 Premier League trophies and his two Champions League trophies. However, the team has struggled to win trophies since Ferguson's retirement in 2013.

Last season, United finished 35 points behind the club's local rivals, champions Manchester City, and there were protests against the team's American owners, the Glazer family. did.

Since the Glazers took control in 2005, many supporters of the club's huge international fan base have turned against the Glazers.

The latest low came on Saturday, when United lost his 4–0 to Brentford. Brentford are a small West London side who have been promoted to the Premier League for 2021. It remained in last place in the 20-team Premier League for the season.

A fan group for the Manchester United Supporters Trust, known as MUST, blamed the owner after last weekend's game.

"What we witnessed tonight It's an embarrassment, no, a humiliation for Manchester United fans, but in many ways it was no surprise.It feels like the culmination of a long-term journey direction," the fan club said in a statement. "We must hold the owners of the club primarily responsible for this new downturn in our decade of decline."

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