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BBC warns Phil Neville after tough tackle talk

The BBC is to tell Match Of The Day presenters and pundits to take "extra care" about what they say after Phil Neville prompted complaints with controversial remarks about tackling.

The ex-Manchester United and Everton star (inset) upset some viewers when he suggested during Sunday's Match Of The Day 2 programme that he would have taken a player out of the game if he had seen them perform a pass without looking during a training session.

His comments - which he later clarified were meant to be light-hearted - came after Arsenal player Tomas Rosicky pulled off the feat during a clash with Brighton at the weekend.

BBC Sport said it would be reminding the programme team to be careful about what they say during live shows in the wake of Neville's comments.

But MOTD's presenter, Gary Lineker, posted a message on Twitter which said: "He was clearly joking. Absolutely no chance that anyone at the BBC will warn him."

Viewers heard Neville say: "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.

"If somebody did that in training to me, winding me up, I would be straight in there. I'd smash them."

hnews@herald.ie


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