‘It Was A Stupid Thing To Do’ – Phil Neville Apologises For Naff Dive Against Liverpool

Chris Wright

30th, October 2012


By Chris Wright

“You’ve let me down, you’ve let the school down, but worst of all you’ve let yourself down”

Everton captain Phil Neville has publicly apologised for his spectacularly naff dive during the Merseyside derby on Sunday, admitting that David Moyes gave him a thoroughly-deserved ‘rollicking’ for it at half-time.

Quoted in the Mirror, Neville said:

“It was a stupid thing to do. I don’t often find myself in that position and I thought Daniel Agger was going to take me out.

“But I got a good kick up the backside at half-time as I couldn’t commit to tackles in the second half. I’ll take the rollicking and I won’t do it again, that’s for sure.”

That dive again…

Blimey O’Reilly, it really was rubbish. We could be wide of the mark here, but isn’t a Chopper Nev dive one of the signs of the Apocalypse?

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  1. Mr. Chopper says:

    I’d like to think it was an attempt at satire.

  2. WHFM says:

    sounds like he basically got tongue-tied, like he was going to go to ground like everyone else would in a situation where they anticipate contact …. then Agger backed off and made him look like a chump.

    good on Nev to even bring it up, though

  3. WHFM says:

    good on Nev to even bring it up. it’s no secret that everyone else goes to ground “anticipating contact” and it just seemed that he was just going to do that until Agger chumped him

  4. SwissMafia says:

    Finally someone coming out and apologizing for their terrible attempt at a dive. Well done Neville. Because of this apology, I truly believe that he will not do something so blatant next time, and try to stay on his feet. Other divers should take example of this man. Once you apologize in public, it’s an extra step towards not doing it again because you know fans would just give you even more of a hard time. So clap clap to Philly boy, and to Moyes who had the decency to tell him off (other managers might praise this sort of behaviour, or defend it/their players at the very least).

  5. yolo says:

    I think Garry Neville should take to Twitter a la Ferdinand to defend his younger brother unquestionably and with the burning passion of the third sun!
    Or maybe he should continue to do what he’s doing, and stay relevant in the world of football way after his playing prime has passed…unlike a certain centre back…

  6. Holland 1945 says:

    It’s pretty embarrassing but come on, he’s 35. You could count the dives from his 20 year career on one hand.

    You couldn’t say the same about Suarez… per game.

  7. Smith says:

    funny that Gerrard came out and had a go at Neville but never says anything about his own team mates who do it week in week out

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