Manchester United great Gary Neville has lambasted the Premier League after his 20 clubs were barred from removing their away kits on Boxing Day.
As the action-packed Christmas schedule unfolds, once again Manchester City are home to Leicester City on Sunday, December 26 – while United are in action 24 hours later at Saudi-backed Newcastle United .
Ahead of these and other festive events, Shelter, a charity for the homeless, was hoping City, United and the other 18 top teams would show their support for a #NoHomeKit initiative launched on Twitter.
However, this was quickly brought to a halt by the Premier League.
Shelter posted on social media during the campaign launch that they wanted clubs and supporters to “ditch their home colors for their third away kit, showing their support for homeless people sure”.
But while the EFL has underlined its support – announcing that clubs can follow suit by submitting a formal request – the Premier League has reportedly rejected the proposal due to existing rules within the governing body.
Needless to say, footballer turned expert Neville wasn’t too impressed.
Speaking to his 4.8 million subscribers on the social media platform Twitter, the former United States and England advocate said: “Imagine turning down a fundraising and awareness request homelessness. A Johnson U-turn if the clubs are pushing hard! “
A brief statement from the division’s governing body read: “The Premier League receives a large number of requests from charities every season, but we are not able to support them all centrally. Clubs have the right to support charitable causes and we encourage clubs to do so, provided it complies with Premier League rules. “
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Osama Bhutta, Campaigns Director at Shelter, added: “We believe that ‘home’ means everything. We want to use the positive power of football this Christmas, and our common bond with ‘home’, to raise awareness about homelessness. and that we can do everything to combat it.
“Anyone involved in #NoHomeKit can do something special by bringing the entire football community together to fight the housing emergency.”
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