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NEV WINS THE WORLD GONG
Gary Neville has won a world football ambassador gong months after helping curb unpopular plans for a European Super League.
The former Manchester United and England defender was honored for his “impact” on the game off the pitch with an award previously given to Sir Bobby Charlton.
The organizers of the Football Business Awards say Neville is credited with creating “a change within his communities for the world of football at large and for the engagement and representation of fans in the game.”
The Sky Sports expert shared a post on Twitter with his 4.7 million followers, saying he was “honored” to win the award.
Neville, 46, was a staunch opponent of plans for a breakaway league in Europe that involved six of the Prem’s biggest teams.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Man City initially joined six other European teams in the schedule earlier this year.
However, all six clubs withdrew from the project following a backlash from fans, MPs and pundits, including Neville.
The Old Trafford hero then launched a campaign calling for the introduction of an independent regulator to prevent plans for a breakup from happening in secret.
And the petition supporting the appeal has received more than 142,800 signatures to date with Neville and Gary Lineker among the prominent people who plug it in on Twitter.
The Football Business Awards were celebrated by clubs from the Premier League, the Scottish Prem and the EFL