Gary Neville has shared his delight that the European Super League is set to collapse and even hopes Manchester United and the other trams will have to pay a huge fine to withdraw as punishment for their attempted coup.
Just 48 hours after twelve of Europe’s biggest teams – including England’s ‘big six’ – announced they were forming a new competition the plans are already in tatters after a huge backlash from supporters, governing bodies, players and politicians.
Man United, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have bowed to pressure from fans in withdrawing from the breakaway competition where they had been part of 12 founding teams.
Former Red devils defender Neville has been one of the leading critics of the Super league and even he was taken aback by how the competition has come crashing to a halt.
Asked for his reaction to the developments, Neville told Sky Sports: ‘Quite incredible. I think large concern yesterday morning waking up thinking, for me particularly as a United fan, that Joel Glazer had put his name on a statement.
‘Which, you think about what they went through in sort of the takeover of United, they withstood a barrage of abuse, it didn’t bother them, they just went through it. And you just thought it was going to be difficult for them to back down.
‘They haven’t backed down yet, but the fact that City have obviously enacted the withdrawal procedure and it looks like Chelsea are on the way, it’s done. It’s finished.
‘And they’ll have their PR teams, communications teams scrambling around now trying to make this look as lovely as possible in the next 24 hours, working out what the right time is to withdraw from it.
‘Perez might have them on a £100million fine. I hope so! I hope Perez has got them on a massive fine to withdraw, the lot of them. And I hope they basically end up eating each other.’