Phil Neville tells reporters he “feels ashamed” of the Cameroon players behavior following tonight’s heated match.
Before even being asked a question in his press conference tonight, England boss Phil Neville declared he had something to say. “I want to speak first. One, Steph Houghton was player of the match and can’t be here as she’s on the treatment table, from the tackle that everyone saw. She needs to recover, she’s in a lot of pain. It’s not Fifa’s fault, this time,” He continued.
“Secondly, I came to this World Cup to be successful and to play a part in making women’s football globally more visible. We wanted to put on a show. I sat through 90 minutes of football there and felt ashamed. I was proud of performances, under circumstances I’ve never seen before. And I am completely and utterly ashamed of the opposition,” declared Neville.
“I didn’t enjoy the game. My players didn’t enjoy the game, apart from getting to the quarter-finals.
“All the young boys and girls watching – and we’ve had five, six and seven million people watching back at home against Cameroon with that kind of behaviour. That’s pretty sad. I’ve got to tell the truth to everyone. I’m so proud of their behaviour. It takes you back to times when you went home crying with your ball.”
Phil Neville didn’t hold back on his thoughts
That comes after an on the pitch interview with the BBC wherein Neville stated that what we had just witnessed “was not football, in terms of the behavior I want to see from footballers. I can’t say I enjoyed it, my players didn’t. This goes out worldwide. That’s not what we want young girls to watch.”
Asked how much sympathy he had for the Cameroon side, Neville replied, “Absolutely None!”
As you may expect, Cameroon boss Alain Djeumfa has a different perspective saying that he thought the referee “made a lot of mistakes” and that there had been a “miscarriage of justice.”
Meanwhile, England left-back and scorer of the third goal, Alex Greenwood, told reporters she is looking forward to Norway. “I’m absolutely delighted with the result. It was a really professional performance and I cannot wait for the quarter-final against Norway.”
She continued, stating “It is what it is. These things happen. We cannot control what they do and we have to make sure we focus on ourselves and make sure we are professional. I think we did that. VAR is part of the game and people aren’t always going to agree. It is there for a reason.”