Gary Neville hits out at Arsenal over ‘dangerous’ statement

Arsenal fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United this past weekend.

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Neville hits out at Arsenal

Following the north London outfit’s loss to Newcastle, Gary Neville has condemned Arsenal for what he described as a ‘dangerous’ statement regarding referees and VAR.

Arsenal went public with their backing of manager Mikel Arteta, who had strongly criticised the officiating and decision to allow Anthony Gordon’s match-winning goal in a 1-0 defeat by Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday evening.

The effort was not ruled out despite three separate lengthy VAR checks, with Joelinton’s challenge on Gabriel before Gordon turned home from close range a point of contention for Arsenal amid complaints that the ball also may have gone out in the build-up.

In the statement, Arsenal said: “The Premier League is the best league in the world with the best players, coaches and supporters, all of whom deserve better.

“PGMOL urgently needs to address the standard of officiating and focus on action which moves us all on from retrospective analysis, attempted explanations and apologies.

“We support the ongoing efforts of Chief Refereeing Officer, Howard Webb and would welcome working together to achieve the world-class officiating standards our league demands.”

Now, Gary Neville has hit out at the statement during his latest stint on Monday Night Football: “I thought the statement was really poor.

“I thought Liverpool had a shocking one go against them a few weeks ago here and we knew it was wrong at the time. They had a lot to feel hard done by, but I thought the day after when Liverpool wrote their statement mentioning sporting integrity and that they were looking at all options and then the suggestion of a replay. I thought that was, to be fair, quite dangerous.

“I think the Arsenal statement is quite dangerous. I think all clubs have signed up to a new behavioural charter at the start of the season. I’m not saying that referees shouldn’t be put under pressure that Mikel Arteta or other managers shouldn’t feel aggrieved at the end of matches.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.