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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has asked for all six Premier League clubs planning to join the European Super League to be punished.
Chelsea alongside Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have all reportedly agreed to join the £5billion breakaway European Super League competition.
Launching into an incredible rant on Sky Sports, Neville said: “It’s been damned, and rightly so. I’m a Manchester United fan and I have been for 40 years of my life but I’m absolutely disgusted. I’m disgusted with Manchester United and Liverpool most.
“Liverpool, they pretend ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, the people’s club, the fans’ club. Manchester United, 100 years borne out of workers round here, and they’re breaking away into a league without competition, that they can’t be relegated from?
“It’s an absolute disgrace and we have to wrestle back power in this country from the clubs at the top of this league, and that includes my club. I’ve been calling for 12 months as part of another group for an independent regulator to bring checks and balances in place to stop this happening. It’s pure greed, they’re impostors.
“The owners of this club, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City are nothing to do with football in this country. There are 100-odd years of history in this country of fans who have lived and loved these clubs, and the fans need protecting.
“I benefited from football hugely, I’ve made money out of football, I invest money into a football club, I’m not against money in football. But the principles and ethos of fair competition, the rights to play the game so that Leicester can win the league and go into the Champions League.
“Manchester United aren’t even in the Champions League! Arsenal aren’t even in the Champions League! I watched them earlier, they’re an absolute shambles of a football club at the moment. Tottenham aren’t in the Champions League!
“And they want a God-given right to be in there? They’re an absolute joke and the time has come now for independent regulators, stop these clubs having this independent power base. Enough is enough. It’s greed.
“My reaction earlier on wasn’t an emotional reaction. Deduct them all points tomorrow, put them at the bottom of the league and take the money off them. Seriously, you have got to stamp on this. It’s criminal.
“It’s a criminal act against the football fans in this country, make no mistake. This is the biggest sport in the world, it’s the biggest sport in this country and it’s a criminal act against the fans, simple as that. Deduct points, deduct their money and punish them.
“They’re bottle merchants. You never hear from the owners of these clubs, they’ve got no voice. They’ll probably say in a few weeks it’s nothing to do with them, they were only talking about it.
“Seriously, in the midst of a pandemic, an economic crisis, football clubs at National League level going bust nearly, furloughing players. Clubs on the edge in League One and Two and these lot are having Zoom calls about breaking away and basically creating more greed? Joke.
“They’ll be amending that statement as we speak. They’ll have seen the reaction – not just from people on this channel and on social media or the government – and will be backtracking down the road because they’re bottle merchants, this lot.
“Make no mistake about it, they’re bottle merchants. It was the same with (Project) Big Picture – they bottled out of that a week later. Listening to this tonight, you talk about big clubs, Man United have acted like a small club for eight to 10 years.
“They’re being a small club in mentality. Arsenal are acting like a small club. Some of the other clubs in the league that are missing out are that are actually doing well, they act like bigger clubs. Honestly!
“Being a big club is not just having a global fanbase, it’s acting properly at the right time. I’ve always thought Bayern Munich have always been a decent club.
“I’d like to think Manchester United and Liverpool would stand there in the face of this and say ‘Something’s not right here, let’s collaborate with the game to try to get a better competition, a better Champions League.’
“I’m not against the modernisation of competitions, competitions have moved forward over the last 100-odd years, I’m not for everything standing still but this is a grab, an absolute grab and the timing is hideous.
“What world are these people living in? To think they can bring this forward at this moment in time? They’ve got no loyalty to this country and these leagues. Enough is enough.
“There isn’t a football fan in this country that won’t be and shouldn’t be seething listening to this conversation and these announcements. Roy loves United, I love United, Micah loves Manchester City but this is disowning your own club stuff, this.
“I mean, seriously? How could you even think to come and watch a Super League here when you’ve left 14 other clubs in the Premier League behind to play against each other? Your Championship clubs dead? Your EFL 1 and 2 clubs dead?
“Your National League, your pyramid system you’ve fought for, for 150 years has gone because of six clubs? It’s absolutely embarrassing and it’s never going to happen. Let them break away. But honestly, punish them straight away. Just punish them.
“If they announce a letter of intent has been signed, as six clubs, they should be punished heavily. Massive fines, points deductions, take their titles off them, who cares. Give the title to Burnley. Let Fulham stay up, relegate United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
“Those three clubs are the history of this country, they’re the ones who should suffer most. Chelsea, City, new money in the game, they’ve come forward, I’m not happy with them either, to be clear. Tottenham I’m not that bothered about.
“Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, they should know better. The history and tradition that runs through those three clubs is absolutely enormous, I value it. But I tell you what, they leave a lot to be desired at this moment at this moment in time, the three of them.
“Liverpool Football Club. Seriously? You go on the streets of Liverpool, I don’t have a great relationship with them at all. I don’t like them, they don’t like me.
“But the one thing I always thought about them is they were honest, they had integrity, they would look after their people, they would look after their own. That’s gone. Forget that. If they’ve signed that letter of intent, they’re as bad as the rest of them.”