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ary Neville believes the football authorities will do everything possible to avoid the introduction of an independent regulator.

Central to the proposals is the introduction of a new regulator, which would have the power to punish clubs involved in breakaway competitions such as the failed European Super League.

Former Manchester United defender Neville has been extremely outspoken in the past about the need for regulation in the sport, but believes the actions of those in power have shown they cannot be trusted to accept the change.

“I have no doubt that (those in) the halls of power will come together in the coming weeks and try to craft a plan to come up with proposals that mean they will suggest we don’t need an independent regulator. in the next 12 months – however, we know what you really look like now, ”Neville said.

“Your real personalities and characters have surfaced, through Big Picture, through the fact that there is no independence around the Saudi takeover (of Newcastle), through the Super League and the fact (the clubs involved) wanted to destroy the pyramid.

“We know how you are, you have displayed your shortcomings, you have proven them over a period of 30, 40 years. They need a referee. They need a mediator.

“They need someone to bang their heads together and get these very smart, football-loving people to work together for the game at large.”

Neville has said Premier League clubs need not worry about reckless EFL owners, due to checks and balances imposed by the regulator.


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