Gary Neville describes US investors as ‘a clear and present danger’ to English football after Chelsea owner Todd Boehly’s suggestion for a north vs south All-Star Premier League fixture

    Gary Neville has described US investment into English football as ‘a clear and present danger to the pyramid and fabric of the game’.

    The Manchester United legend has been a long-time advocate of independent regulation in football in this country and spoke up again following Todd Boehly’s comments on Tuesday.

    Neville has been a long-time advocate of independent regulation in English football

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    Neville has been a long-time advocate of independent regulation in English football

    It comes after Boehly’s comments regarding how English football could change to become more like American sports

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    It comes after Boehly’s comments regarding how English football could change to become more like American sports

    The Chelsea owner was speaking at the SALT event in New York when he discussed a number of matters, including a suggestion for an All-Star contest between the north and south as a way of bringing extra funds into the English game, something that is a regular feature in American sports such as American football, basketball and MLS.

    He then suggested that these funds could be used to support the EFL.

    Boehly said: “I hope the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sports and really starts to figure out.

    “Why wouldn’t we do a tournament with the bottom four teams? Why isn’t there an All-Star game?

    “You could do a North vs South All-Star game in the Premier League and fund whatever the pyramid needed very easily. Everyone likes the idea of more revenue for the League.”

    While Neville didn’t reference Boehly specifically, a post on social media appeared to take aim at the Chelsea owner along with the likes of Stan Kroenke at Arsenal and the Glazer family who own Manchester United.

    Boehly was speaking about his takeover in New York and seems to have ruffled some feathers

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    Boehly was speaking about his takeover in New York and seems to have ruffled some feathers

    Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “I keep saying it but the quicker we get the Regulator in the better.

    “US investment into English football is a clear and present danger to the pyramid and fabric of the game.

    “They just don’t get it and think differently.

    “They also don’t stop till they get what they want!”

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