Gary Neville shuts off Sky Sports presenter for ‘butting in’ on Man Utd protest

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville furiously shut down Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones for interrupting his response to the protests at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils' Premier League game against Liverpool has been delayed after a large group of supporters broke on the Old Trafford pitch to protest the club owners the Glazers.

It has seen the broadcaster look to fill the time by speaking to their pundits and commentators, including the 1999 treble-winner.

But Neville lost his patience with host Jones when he was giving a perspective on the reason for the fan protests.

The former United defender was invited to respond to Liverpool legend Graeme Souness' criticism of the protest, suggesting they would not impact the American owners.

And Neville 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 Gazers] 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 looked to continue his answer, though, the Sky Sports presenter jumped in for some clarification on the former defender's call to arms.

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

But the United legend was not impressed at all, laying into the Sky Sports presenter with: "Dave, let me finish.

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

Neville went on to once again slam the owners of the club as well as Liverpool owners FSG for their part in the European Super League, the source of anger for the fans.

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  • "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.

    "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.

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    "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.

    "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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