Jamie Carragher has slammed former club Liverpool as an “embarrassment” after they announced plans to join a Super League.
The breakaway elitist competition, which also features five other Premier League clubs, released a statement last night after widespread condemnation.
The Premier League, the FA and UEFA were just three of football’s leading authorities to come and out and criticise the proposals.
The pundit was not the only man to make his opinion known with Gary Neville giving an emotional response to the plans on Sunday afternoon.
“The reaction to it is that it has been damned and rightly so,” said Neville. “I’m a Manchester United fan and have been for 40 years of my life but I’m disgusted, absolutely disgusted.
“I’m disgusted with Manchester United and Liverpool the most. Liverpool, they pretend – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone, the people’s club, the fans’ club’.
“Manchester United, 100 years, borne out of workers from around here, and they’re breaking away into a league without competition that they can’t be relegated from?
“It’s an absolute disgrace.
Rio Ferdinand too slammed his former club, United, whose owner Joel Glazer is set to be a leading light in the Super League’s hierarchy.
He said on BT Sport : “I’m embarrassed. There’s been so many things thrown at the owners in the past, but this situation now.
“To be part of that group, who are going to be a breakaway group and leave everybody for dead – that’s an embarrassment.
“I can’t believe it. I’m a Man Utd fan, I love the club, but I can’t stand by and support something like that at all.”