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United owner Glazer passes away

The American owner of Manchester United, Malcolm Glazer, has passed away at the age of 85.

Glazer bought Manchester United in 2005 and since then the club won five Premier League titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013), as well as the 2008 Champions League title.

A statement on the website of NFL team Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which Glazer also owns, confirmed the news.

It read: "We are saddened to announce the passing of Owner/President Malcolm Glazer earlier this morning.

"A dynamic business leader, Glazer helped mold the Buccaneers into a model franchise and one respected league-wide. Since being purchased by Glazer in 1995, the Buccaneers franchise has earned seven playoff berths, five playoff wins, and captured its first Super Bowl championship in 2002.

"Known among his league peers as a pioneering thinker, Glazer infused his team and employees with the determination and dedication to be the best in the NFL. Glazer's commitment to building a championship organization has provided the foundation for continued success, on and off the field.

"Glazer's input was instrumental on the league level as well, as evidenced by his time serving on the NFL's Finance Committee. He also played a major role in Tampa becoming a host for the Super Bowl on several occasions."

He leaves behind his wife Linda, six children and 14 grandchildren.