Everton defender Phil Neville has apologised for diving in the Merseyside Derby yesterday.
The 35-year-old, who was booked for his actions by referee Andre Marriner, has insisted that it won’t happen again and that he was told off by Everton manager David Moyes after the 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Goodison Park.
His dive added to the debate that surrounded the derby prior to kick-off with Moyes saying that “people are going to turn away if they continue to watch people throw themselves on the ground” before the game.
His words clearly riled Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who has been accused of simulation on several occasions in the past, and he reacted by ‘diving’ in front of the Everton bench while he celebrated his first goal on Sunday afternoon.
And Liverpool’s injured defender Glen Johnson also slammed Neville’s dive by taking to Twitter to express his outrage at the Everton captain’s actions.
He tweeted: “Haha classic P Neville battering Luis for diving, then what does he get booked for….?! Haha.
“Worst dive ever…. Looked like someone tied his laces together while he weren’t looking.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo after the game: “I think Phil Neville badly let his manager down.
“His manager did every paper, every radio station and every TV channel talking about Luis Suarez and then his captain, who is meant to be setting an example, blatantly dives.”
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