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Gary Neville slams Liverpool's ESL punishment by Premier League

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Gary Neville has slammed the punishment handed out to Liverpool and the other Premier League clubs involved in the European Super League breakaway.

Liverpool were one of six clubs in England to confirm their involvement in the plans which were instantly greeted with a backlash from fans.

Supporters left banners outside Anfield protesting the decision and the Reds soon followed Chelsea and Manchester City in reversing their involvement.

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United also withdrew from the competition, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus the only clubs who remain in the competition from the original 12.

Liverpool and the five other English sides have since been reintegrated into UEFA having accepted the sanctions handed out by the governing body.

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While all five yesterday were fined £3.6m by the Premier League for their part in the failed breakaway competition.

The Premier League finally reached an agreement over the best punishment for the 'big six' that sees a financial penalty of £22m between the clubs.

While any club that attempts a similar move in the future will be fined £25m and given a 30-point penalty.

But reacting to the decision on Twitter, Neville took aim at what the Premier League have handed out to the five clubs, branding the punishment: “An absolute embarrassment!”.

Gary Neville's response to Liverpool's European Super League fine from the Premier League (Image: (Twitter/@GNev2))

While Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham believes the punishment further strengthens the claims for an independent regulation of football.

He wrote on Twitter: “Thanks to the Premier League and the Big Six for making the case for the independent regulation of football abundantly clear.”

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have already stated they will pay for any fines out of their own pockets.

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While speaking last week, UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin claimed Liverpool were being threatened by Real, Barcelona and Juventus after stepping away from the ESL.

He said: "I think they are threatening the other nine clubs as well. I mean, is this the way to come back to the family? To threaten?

"There was a press release a couple of days ago ‘if the Super League doesn’t happen football is over’ or something like that. How delusional."

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