Gary Neville picked out Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal for individual criticism as talks over a potential European Super League continue to rumble on.
The Premier League heavyweights are said to have been joined by Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham in agreeing to initial plans, which could have a lasting impact on English football.
League bosses quickly released a statement to condemn the plans, while UEFA and FIFA could ban players who choose to join up from playing in Champions League and international competition.
Sky Sports pundit Neville gave his own passionate thoughts after United had seen off the challenge of Burnley at Old Trafford, with his views receiving universal praise.
He said: “Seriously, how can you even think about coming to watch a Super League game here when you’ve left 14 clubs in the Premier League behind?
“The Championship clubs are dead, your EFL, League One and League Two clubs are dead. The National League, the pyramid system that you’ve fought for, for 150 years, is gone because of six clubs.
“Absolutely embarrassing. It’s never going to happen. Let them break away but honestly, punish them straight away. Just punish them.
“If they announce a letter of intent has been signed by six clubs then they should be punished heavily. Massive fines, points deductions, take the titles off them, who cares?
“Give the title to Burnley, Fulham. Let Fulham stay up and relegate United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Those three clubs, to be fair, are the history of this country.
"They’re the ones that should suffer most.
“Yes, Chelsea, City, new money in the game, they’ve come forward and I’m not happy with them either, let’s be clear. Tottenham, I’m not that bothered about.
"But Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, they should know better.
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“The history and tradition that runs through those three clubs is enormous, I value it, I value the history and tradition that runs through those three clubs, but they leave a lot to be desired at this moment in time.
“Liverpool Football Club, seriously? You go to the streets of Liverpool, I don’t have a great relationship with them at all, I don’t like them and they don’t like me, but the one thing I always thought about them was that they were honest, they had integrity, they’d look after their people, they’d look after their own.
“That’s gone, forget that. If they sign that letter of intent, they’re as bad as the rest of them.”
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