Barcelona fans are not happy with Gary Neville.
The former Manchester United right-back called Barcelona fans ‘sensitive’ after he suggested Frenkie de Jong should consider taking legal action against the club.
Neville accused Barca of ‘bullying’ De Jong by withholding money from the player while spending big on new signings like Robert Lewandowski and Raphina.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands midfielder is owed up to £17 million in deferred wages.
Neville took to Twitter on Monday and tweeted: “De Jong should take legal action v Barcelona and all players should be behind him! A club spending fortunes on new players whilst not paying the ones they have under contract their full money is immoral and a breach. @FIFPRO should be all over bullying this and stop it.”
Barcelona have been trying to control the narrative all summer, so it’s hilarious to see how some of their fans reacted to Neville’s advice via Twitter. He followed up with a further tweet on the matter because his initial tweet was reported to Twitter by a fan based in Germany.
He jumped back to Twitter to share a screenshot of an email written by Twitter. It won’t be a surprise to anyone, but the tweet was deemed fine under Twitter rules.
Neville added: “I’ve been found innocent thankfully in a German Court of Law! Those Barca fans are sensitive.”
I’ve been found innocent thankfully in a German Court of Law!Those Barca fans are sensitive 😂 pic.twitter.com/igoFNt5IGQ
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 26, 2022
As you can imagine, a lot of Barcelona fans were keen to remind Neville of his terrible spell in charge of Valencia, but that doesn’t excuse how their club has behaved this summer.
It will be interesting to see what happens with De Jong between now and deadline day.
Chelsea are interested and reports in Spain claim he prefers a move to Stamford Bridge.
That would come as a huge blow to Erik ten Hag’s preparations for his first season in charge.