Manchester City chairman, Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, has apologised to their supporters regarding the European Super League proposals.
City were among six English sides that signed up to take part in the breakaway European competition, which would have replaced the UEFA Champions League if it went ahead.
They were also the first team to pull out of the ESL, which occurred days after the initial announcement of their participation.
Fan backlash has all but killed the Super League, even though several non-English teams are still eager to revive the proposal.
“I want to start with apologising to the fans,” Al-Mubarak said in part two of his end of season interview, per the Manchester Evening News.
“I owe it. It was a mistake. I think in hindsight, the decision should have been from the beginning: a decision not to participate in this league.
“I absolutely regret it. The benefit of hindsight is easy right now. I regret it and you can see it: our reluctance.
“It was very difficult. It was not an easy decision to say ‘yes, no’ and ‘we’re in’ or ‘we’re out.’
“I think you can see in terms of the timing of when we actually did commit, it tells you a lot in terms of how challenging a decision it was and how much we struggled with that decision.
“But you can also see that once we recognise there was a mistake, that’s it. We needed to go out immediately.
“I’m not going to sit here and defend the reason why we did it. What I will do is: I will own it. I took a decision ultimately on this and I take full responsibility, and it was a mistake.”