Gary Neville Admits He Still Regrets Balotelli And David Luiz Insults

Gary Neville Admits He Still Regrets Balotelli And David Luiz Insults
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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Gary Neville was the interviewee on his own Sky Sports show, The Overlap, with Geoff Shreeves taking Neville's usual role as the interviewer.

Early on in their conversation, Neville spoke candidly about the dangers of being too genuine as a pundit, which has lead to some comments on players which he now regrets.

The most well-known of his insults was referring to David Luiz as a player that looked like he was being controlled by a 10-year-old with a Playstation, while he also referred to Balotelli as a 'clown.'


"I don't like the Playstation one now when I look back. At the time it probably cemented me, in some ways, as a pundit who was willing to put humour with analysis, with commentary.

I look back and I think David Luiz has got a wife, he's got children, he's got family, he's been a fantastic player for Brazil, he's had a great career, and that line sticks with him. So every time he gets mentioned he gets called a playstation player, and I didn't want that from it.

Gary Neville And Geoff Shreeves

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"But it's like, I reflect on it now as a 47-year-old, at 36/37 Geoff I didn't care. I've come out of Manchester United. Basically I can back up my opinion, and you just think 'I'm gonna go for it'. And I'd got to that point in my career my punditry where I said 'right I'm gonna go for it and I'm going to be myself.'

"But then you come out with the Playstation line or you come out with a line, the 'clown' line on Balotelli and you think 'I won't do that now.' But you can't be a pundit that goes television that basically gives nothing, sits on the fence, doesn't deliver it with any passion or meaning, that's just never going to work, it's got to be genuine, it's got to come from the hart, it's got to be you."

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