Manchester United legend Gary Neville has once more delivered a scathing verdict on the proposed European Super League, and labelled the Glazer family as ‘scavengers’ who need ‘booting out of the country.’
The Red Devils were confirmed as one of the 12 founding members to the competition – designed to rival the Champions League – on Sunday night.
Six of those clubs originate from the Premier League, with Neville labelling the plans a ‘criminal act against fans’.
And Neville reiterated his strong viewpoint on Monday Night Football, admitting he felt ‘slightly complicit’ having not previously joined the criticism of the Glazers when they took control of Manchester United.
“I stayed pretty quiet in terms of the Glazer family over the years,” Neville explained.
“I stayed quiet because when the club were taken over as a PLC, you knew it could be bought and it was out of the control of everybody, a completely different market, generally in life, and I always thought, ‘What’s the answer to the Glazers?
“Who takes them out, Russia, China, state money, for the two or three billion quid it would need?’
“I’ve stayed quiet on the basis that it’s still Man United, I can still watch the lads play, I can be happy and I can be sad, I’m still watching football in this country.
“If they take dividends out, all right, it’s dividends, I can live with it slightly. What I can’t live with is attacking every single football fan in this country.
“They have stepped over the mark, they are scavengers and they need booting out of this football club and booting out of this country. We have got to come together now, it might be too late.
“There will be people at Man United, fans that were arguing 15 years ago that will say it’s too late, but it’s never too late. We have got to stop this. It is absolutely critical we do.”
Neville also admitted he was ‘really worried’ when he saw Joel Glazer’s name included on the founding statement.
He added: “When I woke up and saw the statement and it had Joel Glazer’s name on it, I thought this was a big problem.
“He doesn’t put his name on anything that man. He is intelligent, he knows what he wants and he has parked his weasels and he has come out and it made me think: ‘This is serious’.
“He is not backing down, he will try and push this through and, once he puts his name on it, he is going to try and force this through.
“They (the Glazers) have been through hell in the early years at Manchester United, they withstood it, stood it out and they don’t care, so when I saw his name on it I really worried.”
Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher is adamant that supporters and those within football can stop the proposed European Super League from getting off the ground.
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“My message to everyone is that these clubs think this is a done deal, I don’t think it is,” the Liverpool icon said on the same show.
“Supporters up and down this country can stop it and I really do believe it. At the forefront of that will be Liverpool because I have seen it before.
“We have tribalism in this country, we have rivalry and that is what makes the game the way it is and that is what we love.
“Football fans get together – all of us in TV, pundits, players, managers get together and stop this.
“It can be stopped and I am convinced of it. Going forward that is what we need, marches on stadiums, supporters getting together, it should not be allowed to happen.”