Gary Neville says player apologies are 'embarrassing'

We wrote yesterday how after Bruno Fernandes’ long apology note on social media following his missed penalty, it was the last we hoped we would see for a while.

Gary Neville appears to be on board. The former Manchester United captain says the apologies are ’embarrassing’ and he is only just getting started.

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Neville’s message was in response to a question which appeared to be about Fernandes, but not only applicable to him.


Midfielder Jesse Lingard sent a long apology out on social media after his goal costing error against Young Boys.

Is Neville right or wrong?

In some ways it is good to see players taking responsibility when it goes wrong.

And a more detailed apology note is better than a simple and generic ‘we go again’ or ‘we will bounce back’.

But it’s worth noting how Aaron Wan-Bissaka approached the situation after his red card against Young Boys.

He stayed quiet and said nothing. He then bounced back and let his football do the talking.

The club play into it, posting a message earlier showing how the squad united and rallied around Fernandes. It can help him out to see all that.

Neville may be out of touch with the current generation, but it feels like he has a point.

At some stage the messages on social media lose impact and Fernandes’ note felt over the top – a bit like his penalty.

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