Manchester United great Gary Neville has blasted the Premier League after its 20 clubs were stopped from pulling on their away kits this Boxing Day.
As the action-packed Christmas schedule rolls around, yet again, Manchester City are at home to Leicester City on Sunday, December 26 – while United are in action 24 hours later at Saudi-backed Newcastle United.
Before those and other festive fixtures take place, homeless charity Shelter were hoping City, United and the other 18 top-flight teams would show their support for a #NoHomeKit initiative launched on Twitter.
However, that has been promptly stopped in its tracks by the Premier League.
Shelter posted on social media while launching the campaign that they wanted clubs and supporters to ‘ditch their home colours for their away or third kit, showing support for people who don’t have a safe home’.
But while the EFL have underlined their backing – announcing clubs can follow suit by submitting a formal request – the Premier League have reportedly rejected the proposal on account of existing rules within the governing body.
Needless to say, footballer-turned-pundit Neville was not too impressed.
Addressing his 4.8million followers on social media platform Twitter, the former United and England defender said: “Imagine refusing a request to raise money and awareness for homelessness. A Johnson-like U-turn on its way if the clubs push hard!”
A short statement from the division’s governing body had read: “The Premier League receives a large number of requests from charities every season, however we aren’t able to support all centrally. Clubs are entitled to support charitable causes, and we encourage clubs to do so, provided it is in compliance with Premier League rules.”
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Osama Bhutta, director of campaigns at Shelter, added: “We believe ‘home’ means everything. We want to use the positive power of football this Christmas, and our shared connection to ‘home,’ to raise awareness of homelessness and what we can all do to fight it.
“Everyone involved in #NoHomeKit can do something special by bringing the entire football community together to fight the housing emergency.”
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