Neville demands Premier League deduct points from clubs in Super League talks

Gary Neville has slammed the six Premier League clubs who are said to have taken part in talks regarding the formation of a European Super League which could change English football.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal are said to have taken part in lengthy talks over the breakaway league – with a statement expected on Sunday evening.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus have also been named, with French and German clubs choosing not to be included at present.

The Super League is seen as a direct challenge to UEFA, who are planning to announce a new format to the Champions League to begin in 2024 – and could ban those involved.

During the first-half of United’s clash against Burnley, Neville said: “I can’t focus on the game.

“They should deduct points from all six teams that have signed up to it.

“Deduct points off them all. To do it during a season? It’s a joke.”

The Times had initially reported the involvement of five English clubs without City, with European Club Association chairman and Juventus president Andrea Agnelli leading plans.

A statement from the Premier League reads: “The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid.

“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.

“The Premier League is proud to run a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most widely watched league in the world.

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  • “Our success has enabled us to make an unrivalled financial contribution to the domestic football pyramid.

    “A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game, and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, and all those in football who rely on our funding and solidarity to prosper.

    “We will work with fans, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, as well as other stakeholders, at home and abroad, to defend the integrity and future prospects of English football in the best interests of the game.”

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