‘Bung’ – Phil Neville Accuses Pierluigi Collina Of Fixing Everton’s 2005 Champions League Defeat Against Villarreal

Chris Wright

22nd, March 2017



Like many Evertonians, Phil Neville harbours a grudge against ex-referee Pierluigi Collina for a controversial decision that ultimately saw the Toffees knocked out of the Champions League back in 2005.

Everton eventually lost 2-1 against Villarreal at El Madrigal and 4-2 on aggregate, as Collina disallowed a late Duncan Ferguson header that would have sent the tie to extra-time.

The ‘goal’ is at the 2:00-mark in this video and still looks dubious to this day…

Indeed, the conspiracy theories were given more weight by the fact that Collina had come out of retirement to take charge of the game, only to re-retire again immediately after it.

And so, when Sky Sports reporter Bryan Swanson tweeted a quote from the Italian (who now serves on UEFA’s referee committee), good old Fizzer was quick to pile in with a question of his very own…


Image: @fizzer18/Twitter

As you may have guessed, the Tweet was quickly deleted, but not before it was screen-shot for posterity.

Honestly, we think we might actually be Team Phil on this one. Now where did we put that tin foil hat?

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  1. Si says:

    If Neville had said that in a newspaper, he might have found himself sued, joke or otherwise. With any luck, Pierluigi’s lawyers are currently on hand. People need to think before they use social media.

  2. syndex says:

    how would he be sued, he has asked someone to ask a question, he has made no accusation but due to the situation it has been inferred that he is. He could argue and would legitimately be able to that he was asking at that time if it is justified to crowd the referee with players when a decision is seen on the pitch as clearly wrong (which to my memory did happen).

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