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Duo On Disciplinary Tightrope

Neville and Fellaini one booking away from suspension.

Duo On Disciplinary Tightrope
Marouane Fellaini
Phil Neville
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Phil Neville could be walking a disciplinary tightrope until the New Year after picking up his fourth caution of the season in Sunday's Merseyside derby.

The Everton skipper was shown a yellow card on the stroke of half-time for an apparent dive - a transgression for which he later made a public apology.

The booking means he joins Marouane Fellaini in being one caution away from a one-match suspension.

Both players could avoid a ban by surviving until the season's first yellow card amnesty without a further caution.

The amnesty is on Monday 31 December, meaning the pair would need to maintain a clean disciplinary record beyond the visit of Chelsea on Sunday 30 December.

“It [diving] was an absolutely stupid thing to have done,” said a remorseful Neville after the game. “I don’t find myself at that end of the pitch very often.

“I thought Daniel Agger was going to come in behind me and I got a good kick up the backside at half-time and rightly so.

“I put myself under pressure with the yellow card and I couldn’t really make the tackles in the second half.”

Manager David Moyes confirmed he had notified Neville of his disapproval, adding: “I told him it was completely wrong. You don’t do that and hopefully he won’t do it again.”

Prior to Sunday's 2-2 draw, Neville saw yellow in games against West Brom, Newcastle and Wigan, while Fellaini accumulated his four bookings against West Brom, Newcastle, Leeds and Wigan.

 

ian clarkeha ha lol embarassing that phil still good to see you own up and apologise , just wondering if guilty gee would ever admit to diving ?

Monday 29th October 13:59 Report Comment
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