Gary Neville slated by Simon Jordan for 'calling on a lynch mob' and trying to defend violent Man Utd protesters

GARY NEVILLE was slated by Simon Jordan for 'calling on a lynch mob' and defending the violent Old Trafford protests.

Manchester United supporters protested outside the ground on Sunday to voice their anger at the Glazer family's ownership.

But things turned nasty when some attacked police with bottles and barriers while a group broke into the stadium, storming the pitch and dressing rooms.

While most protesters were peaceful, the faction who went too far caused the fixture with Liverpool to be postponed.

A flare was even launched towards the Sky Sports studio in the ground but earlier in the afternoon Neville defended the fans for 'protesting peacefully'.

Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane also had their back.

But Jordan, appearing on talkSPORT, hit out at the pundit for 'egging on' the demonstrations.

He said: "There is a building narrative, and I think some of this was brought on by certain people egging on this outlook, whether it's the media or certain pundits who have a lot to say for themselves in a very irresponsible fashion.

"I don't care what people like Gary Neville come out with, calling on a lynch mob and start talking about how there is an entitlement for fans to do this.

"No way is there an entitlement to attack police officers, no way is there an entitlement to break into a football pitch, climb on to goals, break into hospitality and smash up environments purely and simply because you think you've got a cause.

"The cause you've got is because you don't like the people who run your football club, you don't like the way they purchase the football and you don't like the fact they tried something that they didn't get away with… but nothing justifies that kind of behaviour.



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'There's an element of justifying what happened.

"We've had pundits saying this has been brought about by 16 years of frustration, that this is an opportunity to mobilise – these are the parts that are very damaging."

Jordan also highlighted Neville's role as co-owner of Salford City alongside Class of '92 Manchester United team-mates and Singaporean businessman and billionaire Peter Lim.

And the outspoken former Crystal Palace chairman slammed the hypocrisy of Neville's attitude towards the Glazers, accusing Salford of operating beyond their means.

He continued: "The hypocrisy of his ownership of Salford when he got a billionaire owner in there who is funding Salford who are, to my mind, losing money left right and centre, who probably breached financial fair play, and all of this is being utilised by Gary Neville to advise a soap box wrapped in hypocrisy.

"Yes, these owners and the ownership models in football right now are flawed, but why are they flawed? Why has it got to his point?

"Because of the greed across the board in football and the hypocrisy embodied by people like Gary Neville."

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