A 3-0 result was only the conclusion to an incredible game as Cameroon's on-field behaviour left England manager Phil Neville furious after today's Women's World Cup knockout stage clash. "That was not football," he declared post-match.
They raged at the referee, they threatened to go on strike, they lept in studs up on English stars and ranted at injured players.
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Madness just before the half time whistle as Cameroon decide to go on strike after conceding a second goal pic.twitter.com/AiCoJL0G1R
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When asked did he have any sympathy for today's opponents, Neville was crystal clear; none.
It didn’t feel like football. This is going out worldwide. Young girls are watching that. I can’t stand here and say that’s right. There’s a certain standard of behaviour. Ellen White was onside. Deal with it. Their behaviour was wrong.
Neville felt, if anything, the referee was not harsh enough. "We've been spoken to by referees 350,000 times and she got every decision right."
In fact, I think in the end she took pity on them. I thought we should have had a penalty and I thought we should have had a sending off. They should count their lucky stars it wasn't five or six.
He went on to hail the victorious English players: "I'm proud of my players and their discipline. The belief they had to go and just play football."
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