Sunday 24 March 2019

Neville in the clear

Phil Neville
Phil Neville

New England Women head coach Phil Neville will avoid punishment from the English Football Association over tweets which Kick It Out branded "misogynistic and sexist".

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said the historical comments from Neville did not "meet the threshold for issuing a charge".

That means 41-year-old Neville at least avoided the uncomfortable situation of facing disciplinary action from his employers on his first full day in his new job, but criticism of the former England defender and the FA itself rained in yesterday.

An apology from Neville was drowned out by a chorus of disapproval of the decision to appoint him, given his complete lack of experience in the women's game, and by many who considered his Twitter comments distasteful.

In a statement released on an FA Twitter account - he voluntarily deactivated his own - Neville said: "Following comments made a number of years ago I would like to clarify that they were not and are not a true and genuine reflection of either my character or beliefs."

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