Gary Neville slams Arsenal's statement as 'DANGEROUS'

Gary Neville slams Arsenal’s statement supporting Mikel Arteta’s refereeing criticism as ‘DANGEROUS’ and demands the Premier League demonstrates leadership in protecting referees

  • Gary Neville slammed Arsenal’s statement supporting manager Mikel Arteta
  • Neville believes Arsenal’s action is ‘dangerous’ and called on the Premier League
  • CHRIS SUTTON: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is a clown – It’s All Kicking Off

Gary Neville has described Arsenal’s statement supporting Mikel Arteta as ‘dangerous’ and believes clubs are acting improperly with their handling of controversial refereeing decisions.

Arteta fumed at the officiating in his side’s weekend defeat against Newcastle that saw Anthony Gordon’s winning strike undergo a VAR check that has largely split opinion over whether the goal should have stood.

Bruno Guimaraes similarly avoided punishment for a supposed elbow on Jorginho that Arsenal supporters felt should have warranted a red card.

The Gunners manager was livid after the match and labelled Newcastle’s winning goal as a ‘disgrace’ and insisted the awarding of the strike was ’embarrassing’ for VAR.

Gordon’s decisive strike went through three separate VAR checks before being allowed to stand, with referee Stuart Attwell and VAR official Andy Madley deeming that Joe WIllock had kept the ball in play, Joelinton had not fouled Gabriel and that the goalscorer was onside. 

Gary Neville slammed Arsenal’s decision to issue a statement supporting Mikel Arteta’s criticism over refereeing

Anthony Gordon’s goal for Newcastle against Arsenal went through a triple var check

Arsenal and Newcastle questioned the decision-making at times by match officials

Your browser does not support iframes.

Arsenal later made the surprise decision to issue a public statement supporting Arteta’s passioned rant and stated they were backing their manager after ‘yet more unacceptable refereeing and VAR errors’.

Neville explained that was the wrong move to make by Arsenal and criticised the club for making a ‘really poor’ decision in producing a statement.

‘I thought the statement was really poor,’ said Neville on Sky Sports on Monday evening. 

Neville labelled Arsenal’s statement backing Arteta as ‘dangerous’ and called on the Premier League to take action

‘Liverpool had a shocking one against them few weeks ago here and we knew it was wrong, there was feeling they had been hard done by.

‘A day after when Liverpool wrote statement with the suggestion of replay, I thought to be fair that was quite dangerous. The Arsenal statement is also quite dangerous. 

‘All clubs signed a new behavioural charter and I’m not saying referees shouldn’t be put under pressure but clubs themselves should definitely behave better in these circumstances.

‘I’m looking at the Premier League and leadership in the Premier League, the reality of it is they have to start protecting referees, I was in favour of the transparency at the beginning of it,’ he said.


It’s All Kicking Off is an exciting new podcast from Mail Sport that promises a different take on Premier League football.

It is available on MailOnline, Mail+, YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify.

Your browser does not support iframes.

Source: Read Full Article