Gary Neville shuts down Dave Jones to defend Man Utd fans’ right to protest peacefully & calls for reform and regulation

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville shut down Sky Sports host Dave Jones for interrupting his response to the protests at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils icon was defending the club's supporters after a large group broke into Old Trafford, causing the Premier League clash with Liverpool to be postponed.

United fans were protesting owners the Glazers, with the broadcaster scrambling to fill time from the proposed kick-off time of 4:30 until the game was called an hour later.

And Neville lost his patience with presenter Jones when he was in the middle of a passionate defence on the supporters protesting.


Nev said: "I've never thought they were brilliant owners but I've also seen in football that there are worse owners than the Glazers family.

"However, I think all football fans should unite today behind what United fans have done because what they [the Glazers] did two weeks ago was dangerous for English football.

"We must not forget that. They tried to walk away and create a closed-shop league that would have created a famine in this country for every other football club…"

As Neville gathered a head of steam and looked to continue, Sky Sports anchor Jones jumped in to clarify the former defender's argument.

He interjected: "Gary, what are you saying here? Are you saying that all fans should try and get matches called off?"

But former Valencia coach Neville was clearly unimpressed as he immediately hit back with: "Dave, let me finish.

"Dave, this is not a time to interject and start that."

I think all football fans should unite today behind what United fans have done because what they [the Gazers] did two weeks ago was dangerous for English football

Neville was then given the opportunity to continue his rant as he slammed the Glazers as well as Liverpool owners FSG for their involvement in the European Super League.

He added: "They tried to create a famine two weeks ago in English football, in Dutch football, in German football, in French football, all over Europe.

"Those 15 clubs would have walked away from their leagues with their money and basically destroyed the ethos of the pyramid of relegation and promotion in English football, so that's number one. It's unforgivable what they did as a family two weeks ago.

"I get Graeme's point around them paying themselves dividends. We could go around the chippy tomorrow, make a bid, they could sell it, we own a chippy and the local public might not be happy with the new chips they're getting, I get that principle of a free market.

"However, the Glazer family two weeks ago tried to implement something that would have damaged every single community in this country that has football at the heart of it.

"That's why they're dangerous – [Real Madrid owner Florentino] Perez is dangerous, [Barcelona president Joan] Laporta, [Juventus chairman Andrea] Agnelli are all dangerous to the concept of equal opportunity and fair play.

"Today there is anger, I would hope tomorrow it switches to mobilisation and reform, regulation and behind a fan-led review."

He added: "I might be a bit naive here but when I spoke two weeks ago about these football clubs, Manchester United and Liverpool, they should act like the Grandfather of English football, demonstrating compassion, spreading their wealth through the family, their experience and being fair.

"They haven't done, they've demonstrated self-greed and tried to walk away with all the money themselves and left their family struggling below.

"That is not what you do at this football club or at Liverpool Football Club, so whether the Glazer family has been good or bad, what happened two weeks ago is not acceptable and an apology is not good enough.

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"Joel Glazer saying he wants to rebuild the trust with the fans of this club, he never had the trust, he's never spoken to them, he's never said a word.

"Today, we can be angry, the game may not go ahead, they've protested peacefully and we have to accept that you're allowed to protest in this country and it's every person's right.

"But tomorrow is about form and regulation because there are six or seven people within English football that have it under their control and that control has to be taken away from them."

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