Gary Neville is a boot-licking moron
…or so says his old team-mate Carlos Tevez, who made quite the attack on him via a radio interview for ESPN Argentina. Gary Neville had stated that Tevez wasn’t worth the money, following his move from Manchester United to Manchester City.
In Tuesday night’s Carling Cup semi-final, first leg, Tevez gestured to Neville, after scoring his first goal. Neville wittily responded by raising his middle finger. In a radio interview Tevez explained:
“My celebration was directed at Gary Neville. He acted like a complete sock-sucker [boot-licker] when he said I wasn’t worth £25m, just to suck up to the manager. I don’t know what the hell that idiot is talking about me for. I never said anything about him.”
Well, I think Tevez will have won himself a fair few new fans for sticking it to Gary Neville, not one of the most popular players in the UK. He may well have some unexpected fans in the red half of Merseyside, who have been known to call Gary Neville far worse things than a ‘sock-sucker’.
While this is a case of ‘handbags at dawn’, it is good to see a little bit of proper antagonism between the two sides. It certainly sets things up for a lively return leg at Old Trafford next week.
In the meantime, let’s hope ‘sock sucker’ enters common use. It’s handy as it sounds like something else that is quite a bit ruder. Just like when they dubbed a TV version of Beverly Hills Cop, so that ‘motherf***er’ became ‘melon farmer’. Great stuff.
Hee, hee. Very funny! What I liked most was that there were various interviews with Tevez published over the last couple of days in English newspapers. They included quotes like this:
“I was particularly disappointed with what Gary Neville had to say because he was not aware of the full details of my contract negotiations with Manchester United, because I kept them very much to myself”.
Call me a cynic, but I don’t think there are many foreign footballers who speak limited English that would use phrases such as “I was particularly disappointed” or “I kept them very much to myself”. In fact, not many English footballers would put things in that way, unless they were stood outside a court reading a statement written by their solicitor.
It’s good to get beneath the sanitized interpreter/reporter version and read what Tevez actually thought about the situation.
It certainly is good to hear the ‘real’ story. As Tevez admits himself, he is not the best at English, and I agree, I very much doubt even footballers who have English as a first language would come up with those phrases unprompted.
Interesting to see that football at least attempts to try PR and spin – even more interesting to see so many stories that show how miserably that PR and spin fails.
Wonderful insults and nothing more than the Rayboy deserves. He’s spent his career making arrogatn statements and incendiary gestures (Kop end at Anfield a few years ago being the most infamous) yet seemingly can’t take it when Tevez dishes it out in return. Sadly, what has been lost in all this furore is the fact that that game at Eastlands was an excellent cup tie too. Can’t wait for the second leg.
It really was a great game, wasn’t it? The League Cup has been very much the poor relation in recent years, so it’s been great to see two such entertaining games this week – and on proper telly too!
I didn;t see the Villa/Blackburn second leg as I was watching Liverpool v Spurs, but ten goals in a semi final second leg surely has to prove that it’s a trophy teams definitely do want to win. I hope Villa go on to win it as they have plenty of decent young BRitish talent and Martin O’Neill is a very underrated manager.