Gary Neville wants 'criminal' Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal to be RELEGATED and have titles stripped amid breakway plot
GARY NEVILLE called for Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal to be RELEGATED and have their titles stripped after plans for a breakaway to a European Super League emerged.
The Red Devils legend let rip on Sky Sports calling the behaviour of the clubs 'criminal' and demanding serious punishment if they release a statement of intent tonight as is expected.
Neville blasted the owners of the Big Six, labelling them 'impostors' and 'bottle merchants' and called for them all to have points DEDUCTED and money taken off them.
The Premier League's Big Six have signed up to the rebel project less than 24 hours before Uefa were due to release its own planned revamp of the Champions League.
The plans, pushed by Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United and AC Milan, are backed by the financial muscle of US investment giant JP Morgan.
Clubs joining the proposed Super League could earn up to £310million as an initial 'golden hello' plus a minimum £130m each season from their share of a £3.1billion total pot.
After coverage of United's 3-1 win over Burnley at Old Trafford, Neville said: "Let them breakaway but punish them straightaway. If they announce a letter of intent has been signed they should be punished heavily.
"Massive fines, points deductions, take the titles off them – who cares? Give the title to Burnley, Fulham. Let Fulham stay up.
"Relegate United, Liverpool and Arsenal because those three clubs are the history of this country they should be the ones to suffer most.
"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 is a criminal act against football fans in this country.
"Make no mistake about it. This is the biggest sport in the world, in this country and it’s a criminal act against the fans, simple as that.
"They are bottle merchants, you never hear from the owners of these clubs. They are absolute bottle merchants – they’ve got no voice.
“And they’ll probably hide in a few weeks and say it was nothing to do with them and they were only talking about it.
"It’s pure greed. They are impostors. They are impostors. The owners of this club, the owners of Liverpool, the owners of Chelsea, the owners of Manchester City are nothing to do with football in this country."
Speaking on Sky Sports at half-time in United's game, Keane fumed: "It's all about money.
"It doesn't sound good and let's hope it is stopped in it's tracks because it's greed, pure greed."
Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards was similarly unimpressed.
He added: "What happens about fans and the memories fans have had over the years?
"Does all that go away because of money? I think it's a disgrace."
Neville let rip while on co-commentary duty labelling the move 'a joke' and called for teams to be deducted points for making the controversial move mid-season.
He said: "I can't focus on the game. They should deduct points from all six teams that have signed up to it.
"Deduct points off them all.
"To do it during a season? It's a joke."
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs are understood to have signed up despite reservations as they do not want to be left behind by a breakaway.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was asked about the controversial proposal after his side rescued a point against Fulham thanks to Eddie Nketiah's 97th minute equaliser.
The Spaniard said: "I don't know anything about it. Once I know every detail and have all the information then I can evaluate the situation and give you my opinion."
On Sunday, Uefa, the FA, the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), LaLiga, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A released a damning joint statement.
We call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project. This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough."
It reads: "UEFA, the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have learned that a few English, Spanish and Italian clubs may be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League.
"If this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we – UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations – will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever.
"We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way.
"As previously announced by FIFA and the six Federations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.
"We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up to this.
"We call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project if it were to be announced. This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough."
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