Gary Neville has set up a WhatsApp group containing different pundits from rival broadcasters so they can unite against further attempts at a breakaway super league.
The Avengers/Justice League can feel free to stand down, apparently Neville has formed his own super-group. The former Manchester United player has been one of the most outspoken critics of the owners of the Premier League’s ‘big six” and their ultimately failed attempt to form a European Super League.
The Sky Sports pundit has brought together a group of likeminded broadcasters and, according to Mail Sport, it contains the likes of BT Sports’ Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker and Steve McManaman.
Jake Humphrey is also reportedly involved, as is Neville’s Sky colleague Jamie Carragher. Let’s assume Humphrey is the ‘Hawkeye’ of this particular collaboration.
One group call has already taken place, according to the Mail, with another due on Tuesday, with initial plans and objectives to be discussed.
The aim is that the group can present a powerful, united voice against any moves from club owners to take the game away from its fans.
Cynics might suggest that, as Sky and BT have invested heavily in Premier League TV rights, they have an added incentive to fight against any new competition.
But the pundits, who all condemned the Super League plans, shared their views with the vast majority of supporters – particularly those of the six clubs involved.
Neville has also been supportive of the Manchester United fans who felt they had no choice but to protest against their club’s owners before the 4.30pm kick-off against Liverpool on Sunday, eventually causing the match to be postponed.
This demonstration, as well as scenes of protest at the Emirates by Arsenal supporters, has continued a backlash against the owners of the six Premier League clubs involved in the Super League plans.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all pulled out of the competition within 48 hours of its initial announcement, but the effects of the plan are still being felt throughout football.