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Gary Neville hits out at Premier League over Big Six’s European Super League punishment

European Super League: Owners 'have broken' fans' trust

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Gary Neville has blasted the Premier League for not going far enough in their punishment of the six clubs who signed up to the European Super League. Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have now found out the consequences of signing up for the controversial breakaway competition.

The Super League fell flat on its face, collapsing just two days after it was announced on April 18 following a massive backlash from right across the football community.

Governing bodies, manager, players, pundits and fans all hit out at the proposals, which aimed to set up a closed shop for Europe’s elite and replace the Champions League.

The idea, which involved 12 founding members, was heavily criticised for being divisive, anti-competitive and selfish.

It collapsed when England’s ‘Big Six’ clubs got cold feet following vociferous protests by their own fans.

UEFA and the Premier League promised to come down hard on the clubs involved to punish their secret scheming and deter them from ever trying something similar again.

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However, many believe the Premier League have not gone far enough in their sanctions, which were leaked to the media on Wednesday.

The Times reported that the ‘Big Six’ had agreed to a combined £20million fine and a 30-point deduction if they join a breakaway competition in the future.

The £20m, split between the six clubs, will go towards good causes like grassroots football, while the clubs will also be liable to another £25m fine, on top of the points deduction, if they try to break away again.

Neville was furious with the news, branding the Premier League’s decision “an absolute embarrassment!” to his 4.5m followers on Twitter.

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The 46-year-old has been a strong voice throughout the saga, frequently railing against his former club Manchester United and their owners the Glazer family.

Alongside Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker, Nevile launched a campaign last month to call for the appointment of an independent regulator for English football.

The campaign, set up in the wake of the Super League fiasco, called for a regulator to mediate disputes over issues, such as how broadcast revenue and solidarity payments to the EFL are distributed.

Neville, who is part owner of Salford City, also wants tighter regulation, to protect clubs from unsuitable owners, mismanagement and bad practices and try to build bridges between the FA, Premier League and EFL.

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