May 13, 2021

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Gary Neville has made WhatsApp group of pundits to present unified voice against breakaway league 

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Gary Neville has brought together a group of pundits, broadcasters and commentators in an attempt to present a unified voice — and prevent further attempts at a breakaway league.

The former Manchester United and England defender is understood to have launched a collaboration that crosses broadcaster rivalries and includes the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker and Steve McManaman.

A call has already taken place and another is due on Tuesday between those involved, with initial plans set to be discussed. 

Gary Neville is continuing the fight against another attempt at a breakaway league project

Gary Neville is continuing the fight against another attempt at a breakaway league project 

He has brought together a group of pundits, broadcasters and commentators in an attempt to present a unified voice, including Rio Ferdinand

And Gary Lineker

The Sky Sports presenter has got the likes of Rio Ferdinand (L) and Gary Lineker (R) involved

The aim is thought to be to ensure that the group can present a powerful, aligned voice against any moves from club owners to take the game away from its supporters.

Others involved in what is a powerful WhatsApp group include Neville’s fellow Sky pundit Jamie Carragher and Jake Humphrey (BT).

The plot to create a breakaway European Super League is behind the move. Neville’s role in speaking out against the now-defunct proposal is known to have set the tone and played a key role in its downfall. 

Jake Humphrey is also involved in a WhatsApp group that sees the broadcasters come together

Neville has additionally called-on the support of his  Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher

Jake Humphrey from BT and Jamie Carragher of Sky are also involved in a WhatsApp group 

Setting up of group comes amid a continued backlash against those involved in breakaway

Setting up of group comes amid a continued backlash against those involved in breakaway

There is a recognition that those from within the game who now work in the media can play a key part in ensuring that any further attempts also fail.

While those involved work for a variety of different broadcasters, there is nothing to stop them joining forces on major issues within football.

The setting up of the group comes amid a continued backlash against those involved in the botched breakaway. 

After protests at Chelsea and Arsenal, Manchester United fans invaded Old Trafford on Sunday and caused their match with Liverpool to be postponed.

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