Manchester United legend Gary Neville has slammed the proposals for a European Super League and has suggested a points deduction for the six Premier League sides reportedly involved.
United, alongside Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City, have reportedly signed up for the proposed league, alongside the likes of Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
There has been no backing from clubs within Germany’s Bundesliga or France’s Ligue 1, while UEFA has issued a strong statement against the proposals.
Discussions regarding a Super League have been ongoing for a while and proposals regularly appear, which are then swiftly condemned by governing bodies and fans alike.
Neville is among the many not impressed by the proposals and, during commentary duty for Manchester United’s hosting of Burnley at Old Trafford, hit out at those reportedly involved – including his former side.
“I’m not against the modernisation of football competitions. We have the Premier League, we have the Champions League, I don’t think anyone can deny,” he told Sky Sports.
“But I think to bring forward proposals in the midst of Covid, in the midst of the economic crisis, is an absolute scandal.
“United, and the rest of the ‘Big Six’ clubs that have signed up to it, against the rest of the Premier League, should be ashamed of themselves.
Sign up to our free United newsletter
Get the latest breaking Manchester United transfer news and analysis every day direct to your inbox with our free MUFC newsletter
“The European Super League – are Arsenal in that? They’ve just drawn with Fulham, Manchester United are drawing with Burnley.
“I can’t concentrate on the game, me, they should deduct all six teams that have signed up to it. Deduct points from them all, to do it in a season is a joke.”
UEFA are due to announce their proposals for an expansion of the Champions League to 46 teams on Monday, which would come into effect from 2024.