The BBC have come down on Phil Neville after some controversial comments were made by the former Manchester United man on Match of the Day, as reported by ITV.
Neville’s comments were regarding the build up to Tomas Rosicky’s sublime volley against Brighton, a goal that proved to be the match winner.
The Czech star pulled off a clever pass to Olivier Giroud while looking in the opposite direction; something the BBC pundit clearly had a problem with.
“If that was a training session and somebody did that I’d be first over there and I’d probably look to two-foot him or take him out of the game,” he said.
“If somebody did that in training to me, winding me up, I would be straight in there. I’d smash them.”
A little over the top from the retired Everton man, and certainly a few poorly chosen words. The BBC clearly realised that the 38-year-old had gone a little overboard too, and released a statement to the public following the incident.
“This comment was not meant to offend in any way, but on reflection, Phil acknowledges that the language he used was unfortunate,” it read.
“That said, Mark Chapman did immediately challenge him and the tone of the discussion was light-hearted enough to suggest that the panel were not condoning any kind of violence or setting an example to a younger audience.
“BBC Sport will, however, remind the team to take extra care during discussions during our live programmes.”
Personally I don’t see why exactly Neville has such a problem with the pass, as it was a demonstration of skill like any other. The 34-year-old Arsenal star was merely trying to confuse the opposition; something which clearly worked as he rifled the ball into the net moments later.