Two builders claim they buried Liverpool FC memorabilia at Manchester United star's £6m mansion

Manchester United player Gary Neville has been the victim of a prank by two builders who buried a shrine to Liverpool FC under his swimming pool.

Brothers Brian and Gary Greer have said they buried a Liverpool scarf and the club’s fanzine, Kop, while tiling the pool at Neville’s 12-bed mansion in Bolton, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The pair, both Liverpool fans, took photographs while carrying out the prank and boasted about their activities in the fanzine.

Brian Greer is quoted as saying: “In future years, when his [Neville’s] house is dug up, archaeologists will be able to see what a passion he had for the Red men [Liverpool].”

Neville gained a reputation for disliking Liverpool after he was fined £5000 for celebrating a goal against them by running the length of the pitch.

This is the latest problem to hit Neville’s £6m home, which he has spent years renovating. Work was due to be completed last June but builders were back in January to fix outstanding problems and the work is thought to have taken several more months.

The Manchester Evening News reported that the brothers refused to comment on the story because they were now fearful the prank could cost them their jobs.