Gary Neville, a former captain of Manchester United, asked the Premier League to stop the transfer of players to Saudi Arabia.
According to Neville, moves like that should be put on hold until it is certain that the fair play of the game is not in jeopardy.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and N’Golo Kante, three renowned football stars, have made their move to the Saudi Pro League, and there are rumors of more high-profile players following suit this summer.
In response to this development, Gary Neville expressed his concerns about the transparency and fairness of these transfers. He emphasized the need for thorough scrutiny of the deals made between the players and their former Premier League clubs.
Neville urged the Premier League to impose an immediate ban on transfers to Saudi Arabia in order to protect the integrity of the game. He advocated for conducting comprehensive checks to ensure the appropriateness of these transactions.
He stated to BBC Sport, “The transfers should only be allowed when the legitimacy of their dealings with Premier League clubs can be confirmed. If the proper process is followed, then transfers could resume. However, I strongly believe that, for now, transfers should be suspended until we examine the ownership structure at Chelsea and investigate any potential improper transfer arrangements.”