Gary Neville has taken aim at the Premier League clubs who have issued their intent to join the revolutionary new European Super League.
Six clubs from the top division in English football have reportedly already signed letters with a view to becoming part of the controversial breakaway.
If the reform is passed, it would spell the end of domestic and European football as we know it.
Bankrolled by US banking giant JP Morgan, the Super League breakaway is the brainchild of Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez and the American owners of three Premier League clubs – including the Gunners.
If the proposals are rubber-stamped, it’s thought between 15-18 sides will take part in the competition.
An initial 12 signatories include those aforementioned Premier League sides, in addition to a string of elite European clubs such as Real and El Clasico rivals Barcelona.
However, existing governing body UEFA has already revealed that they will take legal action if the ‘cynical project’ for a Super League goes ahead.
Further resistance to the scheme has come from a series of big-name pundits, including Neville.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I’m not against the modernisation of football competitions. We have the Premier League, we have the Champions League, I don’t think anyone can deny. But I think to bring forward proposals in the midst of Covid, in the midst of the economic crisis, is an absolute scandal.
“United and the rest of the ‘big six’ clubs that have signed up to it, against the rest of the Premier League, should be ashamed of themselves.”
Neville added: “The European Super League – are Arsenal in that? They’ve just drawn with Fulham and Manchester United are drawing with Burnley.
“I can’t concentrate on the game, me. They should deduct all six teams that have signed up to it. Deduct points from them all, to do it in a season is a joke. Anyway, let’s move on.”