Two weeks ago, Gary Neville became the voice of the nation as he lambasted the proposed European Super League, branding it a ‘disgrace’.
The reaction of Neville, other pundits, players, and fans around the world helped to turn the tide against the league, with all six English clubs withdrawing within 72 hours.
Now the former Manchester United captain is spearheading efforts to prevent anything similar happening again, by teaming up with his fellow pundits.
According to the Daily Mail, the Sky Sports presenter has set up a WhatsApp group that transcends broadcasting rivalries, teaming up with Gary Lineker, Jake Humphrey, Steve McManaman and Rio Ferdinand, who called the European Super League ‘a war on football’, among others.
It is understood that the group have spoken already, with another meeting scheduled for Tuesday, as they plan to tackle similar efforts to breakaway in the future.
Neville believes that the media can play a more pivotal role in protecting fans’ interests going forward, setting aside broadcasting allegiances to be a collective voice on the major issues in football.
The news comes at a time when the gap between fans and owners could not be greater.
Large-scale demonstrations at Stamford Bridge, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Emirates followed the announcement of the Super League, while a protest against the Glazer ownership of Manchester United resulted in the postponement of Sunday’s game against Liverpool.
During the protests, 200 fans gained access to the pitch, while some police officers sustained injuries.
Neville, along with fellow ex-Manchester United player and now-pundit Roy Keane, expressed support for the protest and called for the Glazers to sell the club, but condemned any violence.
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