Gary Neville rejoiced about the outcome of a chaotic 48 hours which ultimately resulted in six Premier League clubs withdrawing from the European Super League.
But the Manchester United legend criticised the manner in which his former club announced that they would not be participating in the contentious competition after two days of unprecedented supporter outrage.
On Tuesday night, all six Premier League clubs who’d announced their plans to break off into the European Super League confirmed their withdrawal but Neville was disappointed with the brevity of United’s announcement.
While the likes of Arsenal issued a lengthy apology to supporters and Liverpool’s principal owner John Henry released a video of apology, United simply published a three-line statement on the withdrawal.
“Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League,” the statement reads.
We will not be participating in the European Super League.#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 20, 2021
“We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders.
“We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game.”
Neville slammed the United statement after revealing that he read it several times trying to understand why the club didn’t take the opportunity to communicate more clearly to their furious fans.
“I’ve read this 3-4 times now,” Neville tweeted on Wednesday morning. “Quite possibly the worst communication I’ve ever seen in my life!”
Neville joined Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports on Tuesday night, when the six Premier League clubs involved succumbed to pressure from supporters, pundits and, in some cases, sponsors.
Neville called for an overhaul to ownership regulations in England to make sure nothing like the European Super League proposal takes place again, with the former United captain saying “the Glazers have no place in Manchester anymore.”
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 21, 2021
“We have to work hard together to ensure that ownership rules in this country are changed, that we have a system whereby this cannot happen,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“Whether this is government intervention or an independent regulator. Whether it be a fan-owned club rule, whatever it is, we have to make sure that this is the catalyst for change.”
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