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Liverpool and Manchester United ‘seen as big, bad bullies’

Gary Neville (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

So says former Manchester United play Gary Neville, who is now a part-owner of League Two Salford City.

The bombshell plot of a new FIFA-backed tournament which would involve Europe’s biggest clubs emerged on Tuesday, but the £4.6billion plans have been heavily criticised by the masses.

The Express quote Neville as telling Sky Sports:

“The big issue that I have with it, is that at this moment in time, in the middle of a pandemic and when football is on its knees at so many different levels, the idea that a $6bn package is being put together to set up a new league when lower clubs are scrambling around to pay wages and stay in existence.

“It’s another wound for football. It doesn’t feel like the right time to be talking about this.

“The leak probably doesn’t suit Manchester United or Liverpool at this moment in time as they’re seen as the big, bad bullies.

“I’m for progression of football, with new competitions and new formats, but we have got to look after the fabric of the game and what it means to the communities in this country.

“There is a position, potentially, for a new European League and for an amazing Premier League, a fantastically competitive EFL and funded grassroots and non-league football. There is enough money.

“If they can pull $6bn together for a European league then they can pull together £150-200m to save the rest of football in this country.

“There is enough wealth in the game to look after all the key stakeholders.

“It’s almost a tap-in for Manchester United, Liverpool and others to be able to say: ‘There’s £10m for non-league, there’s a couple of hundred million rescue package for EFL clubs’.

“I don’t get why we’re not looking after the wider game, while having these discussions over $6bn debt packages with JP Morgan. It is obscene.”