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Gary Neville calls for end to US owners in English football following Boehly's All-Star suggestion

Gary Neville calls for English football to give US investment the boot over Chelsea owner Todd Boehly’s All-Star Game idea, saying US owners are ‘a clear and present danger to the structure of the game’

  • Todd Boehly suggested ways English football could follow the sport in the US
  • Gary Neville hit Boehly in a critical social media post
  • The former Manchester United defender sounded a warning about Boehly’s ideas

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Gary Neville called American investment in English football a “danger” to the structure of the game when he came up with suggestions for improving the game from Chelsea owner Todd Boehly.

The former Manchester United player’s comments apparently came in response to Boehly’s interview at a conference in New York on Tuesday.

Neville wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, pointing more than ever to the need for a football regulator, saying the game in Britain should be protected from US investment.

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly called for a 'north versus south' Premier League All-Star match

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly called for a ‘north versus south’ Premier League All-Star match

Gary Neville tweeted Wednesday seemingly in response to some suggestions from Boehly

Gary Neville tweeted Wednesday seemingly in response to some suggestions from Boehly

Gary Neville tweeted Wednesday seemingly in response to some suggestions from Boehly

“I keep saying it, but the sooner we get the regulator, the better,” he wrote. “American investment in English football poses 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 until they get what they want!’

Boehly, who acquired Chelsea this summer along with investment firm Clearlake Capital, has sparked controversy in the past 24 hours over comments he made about an all-star Premier League game and ways in which relegation could be changed.

Gary Neville has said English football should be protected from US investment

Gary Neville has said English football should be protected from US investment

Gary Neville has said English football should be protected from US investment

Speaking at the SALT conference in New York, Boehly said: “I hope the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sport and really starts to understand, ‘Why wouldn’t we do a bottom four tournament? All star game?

“You could play a North-South All-Star game in the Premier League and fund everything the pyramid needs very easily. Everyone likes the idea of ​​more revenue for the League.”

On relegation, the Chelsea co-owner suggested: “Those relegation matches are among the highest broadcast matches.

“Ultimately, I hope the Premier League learns a lesson from the American sports teams and really thinks about why we don’t have a tournament with the bottom four teams.”

Neville previously labeled the Chelsea owner 'Todd Woodward' in reference to former Manchester United vice-chairman Ed - comparing their approach to the transfer market

Neville previously labeled the Chelsea owner 'Todd Woodward' in reference to former Manchester United vice-chairman Ed - comparing their approach to the transfer market

Neville previously labeled the Chelsea owner ‘Todd Woodward’ in reference to former Manchester United vice-chairman Ed – comparing their approach to the transfer market

Neville then went on to hit on Boehly's 'scattergun' approach in response to a Chelsea fan

Neville then went on to hit on Boehly's 'scattergun' approach in response to a Chelsea fan

Neville then went on to hit on Boehly’s ‘scattergun’ approach in response to a Chelsea fan

Boehly had been criticized from some quarters ahead of his comments at this week’s conference, not least from Neville himself.

While Chelsea looked desperate in the transfer market, Neville jokingly mocked the owner, calling him ‘Todd Woodward’ in reference to the former United CEO.

“Your husband Todd Woodward needs to stop wandering like a kid in a candy store,” he wrote on Twitter.

When a Chelsea fan tried to defend the American billionaire, Neville replied: “It’s just absent-minded and untenable. I doubt this approach will go well.’

Neville re-dubbed him ‘Todd Woodward’ after Chelsea’s dismissal of Thomas Tuchel last week.

The United legend has long been against American ownership, largely due to the Glazer family, and Neville has often lashed out at the family for running his former club.

Neville has decided to refer to Boehly as 'Todd Woodward' in reference to former Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward

Neville has decided to refer to Boehly as 'Todd Woodward' in reference to former Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward

Neville has decided to refer to Boehly as ‘Todd Woodward’ in reference to former Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward


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