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Gary Neville Dismisses Wales Defender's Excuses After Euro 2020 Exit

Gary Neville Dismisses Wales Defender's Excuses After Euro 2020 Exit
By Gary Connaughton Updated

Wales' Euro 2020 journey is over after their 4-0 hammering at the hands of Denmark yesterday, a result which did not really flatter the winners.

It was a shocking performance from the Welsh, getting completely outplayed in every area of the pitch. They were lucky to be only a goal down at halftime, but the Danes made their dominance count as the game went on.

Rob Page's side defied some pre-tournament expectations by getting out of their group. However, it was clear that they were out of their depth in Amsterdam.

The players understandably did not take the result very well. Gareth Bale gave a very tetchy post-match interview, one which was questioned by the RTÉ panel.

Another one of their players has now come out to slam the Euro 2020 format.

Wales defender Chris Gunter has taken to Instagram to label the tournament's setup as a 'joke', in response to the way tickets were allocated for the game.

Denmark fans were allowed to travel to Amsterdam, but as the UK was on The Netherlands' red list, Welsh fans were not permitted to go to the game from their home country. That resulted in the stadium being made up mostly of Danes, although a few Welsh did get in.


Gunter also seemed to suggest that travel had an impact. Wales played their first two group games in Azerbaijan before travelling to Rome for the third, then finally on to Amsterdam. On the other hand, Denmark played all of their group games in Copenhagen.

Here's what he had to say:

Written off before a bag of air was kicked, 3,000 miles from home.

Every nation had fans wherever they went, apart from the 350 who broke government rules and bank accounts to be there, you and us deserved more from this joke set up of a tournament, but who said life was fair.

However, Gary Neville is not buying his excuses for their poor performance.

Speaking on ITV this afternoon, he said while the travel wasn't ideal, Wales were simply outclassed by their opponents yesterday.


It's a little bit of an issue (the travel). I don't think the first journey should count, to Azerbaijan, because you can go there a week before if you want to.

That first one is fine because you're settled and are based their for two games. They've obviously done more since then.

I just thought they were well beaten. Denmark absolutely battered them in every single way.

You can point to excuses, I've done it myself with England in the past, but they were just so much better the Danish team.

It wasn't just the travel factor that meant Wales were beaten yesterday. They were well beaten.

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