GARY NEVILLE has labelled American investment in English football a “danger” as he blasted Chelsea owner Todd Boehly’s suggestions to improve our game.
The billionaire American made controversial headlines with regards to his remarks about an All-Star game in the Premier League and ways that relegation could be altered.
He 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.”
And on relegation, Boehly suggested: “Those relegation games are some of the highest broadcast games.
“Ultimately, I hope the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson out of the American sports teams and really start to think about why don’t we do a tournament with the bottom four teams.”
However, Neville took to Twitter after those comments as he highlighted the need for a football regulator as he also declared that Britain needed to be protected from US investment.
He wrote: “I keep saying it but the quicker we get the regulator in the better.
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“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!”
Neville has been voal in his criticism of Boehly over recent weeks, with his most recent blast coming last week when he mocked the decision to sack Thomas Tuchel by comparing him to ex-Manchester United chief Ed Woodward again.
Boehly had faced criticism from some quarters prior to his comments at the conference this week, not least from Neville himself.
With Chelsea appearing desperate in the transfer market, Neville jokingly mocked the owner, calling him ‘Todd Woodward’ in reference to United’s former chief executive.