Elon Musk is not buying Manchester United. Tweet was a 'long-running joke,' billionaire says
Elon Musk was joking when he tweeted about buying Manchester United, the billionaire clarified hours later.
On Tuesday night, Musk took to Twitter to share his political leanings — writing that he supports the "left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party."
Then, on an unconnected note, Musk said: "Besides, I'm buying Manchester United your welcome." "
The Tesla CEO's tweet was met with endless reactions from soccer followers around the world — including outrage, humour and hope from some of the combined fans who want to see an end to the current Glazer family ownership.
But musk's chances of becoming United's next boss were short-lived. Asked by a user if he was serious, Musk replied that it was a "long-lasting joke on Twitter" several hours later.
Apart from joking about buying a Premier League club, Musk is fighting a court battle with Twitter. Musk offered to buy Twitter for $44 billion.
Claiming that the social media company had earlier revealed that Twitter was influenced by a large number of "spam bots" and fake accounts.
In July, Twitter sued Musk. Musk later filed a countersuit accusing the company of fraud. Trials are expected in October.