The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated threats made against late Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer and his family about the time they were set to buy English soccer club Manchester United, reports the Associated Press.
Fans contested the Glazer family’s acquisition of the club. Glazer died in May at age 85 and now his six children control the team.
According to the report, the FBI released over 120 pages of records, including details of threatening telephone calls and emails.
Glazer bought the team in 2005 and fans feared the family would drive the club into debt. On the same day that Glazer became a majority shareholder, a man called Buccaneers headquarters saying he wished Glazer were dead.
Hours later, a male caller with a British accent warned that the family would be in danger unless Glazer backed down from his takeover bid of United.
Another male called the next day, saying "I am giving you another warning" and gave Glazer a deadline to abandon the bid.
The case was closed when authorities could not conclusively identify the source of the threats. No one was prosecuted in the case.
The family said earlier this year that they have no plans to sell the club in the near future and that they plan to keep it under family control for the next five years. The club is worth an estimated $3.6 billion, making it the world’s most valuable team.
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