Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville vented their fury at the owners of the six Premier League clubs who have signed up for the European Super League, with former clubs Liverpool and Manchester United at the forefront on their thoughts.
Twelve clubs, including United and Liverpool, made the bombshell announcement on Sunday that they intend to break away and form their own competition. Manchester City, Chelsea Tottenham and Arsenal have also signed up. Indeed, the big three in Spain and Italy make up the 12 “founding” members.
And speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, former Reds and England defender Carragher said he believes supporters and those within football can stop the Super League getting off the ground.
“My message to everyone is that these clubs think this is a done deal, I don’t think it is,” he said.
“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.”
Neville lambasts Glazers
Gary Neville, who spoke passionately against the proposals on Sunday, hit out at the Glazer family as the former Manchester United defender criticised the owners.
“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 said.
“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.”
“I’m enthused by the reaction of Government, by royalty, by the whole of football and by the fans,” added Neville on Sky Sports.
“These owners have pushed through difficult things in the past for these clubs. (Daniel) Levy is steel-like, the Glazers are steel-like, (Roman) Abramovich is as hard as nails and he won’t care in terms of criticism – it will change football in this country forever.
“We have to now mobilise, organise. It is difficult not to get emotional and feel sick, but you have got to write to your MPs, local football clubs.
“Everyone has got to come behind this. Pundits for BBC, ITV, BT Sport, forget allegiances, forget who you support. We have got to come together to stop this proposal.
“This is an attack on everything that has been important in this country. Football has helped in the last 10 months in the midst of a pandemic to keep people going and they are trying to take it away from us.”