Phil Neville appeared on Match of the Day on Sunday night, and his comments about Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky were truly shocking.
The former Manchester United and Everton defender suggested that he would ‘love to two-foot’ Rosicky. Neville was talking in response to the Czech’s excellent ‘no look’ pass that led to Arsenal’s third goal against Brighton at the weekend.
As a pundit and coach, this truly sends out a shocking message to kids who may see players and pundits like Neville as a role model.
The odd thing is, Neville used social media earlier in the day to praise Rosicky for his skill.
Brilliant pass from Rosicky look one way pass the other!
— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) January 25, 2015
To later go on national television and suggest the skill is worthy of a two-footed tackle is quite something. We will wait to see what repercussions come from these comments, surely the BBC or the player himself have to apologise – at the least. As you would expect, Twitter was outraged by the comments. Here’s some of the reaction:
Phil Neville on MOTD: "Rosicky with his silky skills and no-look passes, can't have that, I'd love to two-foot him." Shocking!
— VivaFootballCalcio (@Vivafootcalcio) January 25, 2015
@OliPriceBates can't believe bbc can condone a comment like that – great example for kids??
— Paul Black (@paulblackalpha) January 25, 2015
Surely Phil Neville will be fined / sacked for those comments?
— Oli Price-Bates (@OliPriceBates) January 25, 2015
— Gunnervision (@Gunner_vision) January 25, 2015
Have never seen my TL so united in hate with one person. Not even with RvP or Fabregas. Well done Phil Neville.
— JG (@Artekkers) January 25, 2015
So… Phil Neville said this on the Beeb tonight… https://t.co/oGpJu2BXiM
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 25, 2015
Absolute idiot. Embarrassing comment from Phil Neville with regards to Rosicky no look pass. Should be sacked by @BBCMOTD
— Hássan Gülzár (@HassGeee) January 25, 2015
Phil Neville's answer to dealing with Rosicky is to 'two-foot him'. Wouldn't get near him, you thug
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) January 25, 2015
Hi @fizzer18. Please resign from everything. Sincerely, everyone.
— GoonRambler (@GoonRambler) January 25, 2015