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Neville 'ashamed' of Cameroon after Sunday's drama

Women's World Cup: Neville blasts 'shameful' Cameroon after round of 16 drama

June 24, 2019 By Ali M.
The Indomitable Lionesses are accused of stamping and spitting on the England players all the while threatening to walk off the pitch during their 3-0 loss.

After England's 3-0 win over Cameroon in their eventful round of 16 clash, manager Phil Neville did not shy away from blasting the opposition for their behavior in Sunday's showdown.

The Three Lionesses boss has accused the African ladies of stamping and spitting on his players all the while refusing to start the game. The Indomitable Lionesses were unhappy with the officiating and cried injustice after being penalized early on for what the referee interpreted as a backpass but many Cameroonian players were lucky to remain on the pitch.

After only four minutes of play, Yvonne Leuko was guilty of elbowing Nikita Parris in the face but escaped a sending off and was only booked. Shortly afterward, the replay showed Augustine Ejangue on Toni Duggan but she went unpunished as this incident was surprisingly not picked up by VAR.

Things went from bad to worse on the brink of half-time as Ellen White's goal, which had initially been ruled out as offside, was awarded after VAR proved that she was onside before slotting past the opposition keeper. The Cameroonians were left upset by this decision, despite being the right call, and refused to restart the game for a while and even discussed walking off.

During the break, it is reported that some of the Indomitable Lionesses were in tears and accused FIFA of racism. An official was sent out to the pitch to address the players shortly before the second-half begun but the controversy continued.

The African nation thought they had pulled one back early on in the second half but that goal was dismissed as the replay showed Ajara Nchout was slightly offside. This sparked anger from both the players on the pitch and the bench, with coach Alan Djeumfa intervening to calm down his players.

Then there was a shove from the back on the referee from Jeannette Yango. England were denied a penalty despite a VAR review after Fran Kirby was caught late inside the Cameroonian penalty box and in added time, Alexandra Takounda Engolo escaped a red card despite stamping on captain Steph Houghton.

Neville couldn't hide his disgust in this behavior, calling it a disgrace to the women's sport. "That wasn't a World Cup last-16 tie in terms of behavior that I want to see from footballers," the gaffer said, as per BBC Sport.

"I am completely and utterly ashamed of the opposition."

"If that was my team - and it will never be any of my players - they would never play for England again," the former Man United man added.

"At times, we probably didn't know whether the game would continue. It didn't feel like football.

"This is going out worldwide. I didn't enjoy it, the players didn't enjoy it. My players kept their concentration fantastically, but those images are going out worldwide about how to act, the young girls playing all over the world that are seeing that behaviour. For me, it's not right.

"My daughter wants to be a footballer and if she watches that she will think: 'No, I want to play netball.'"

Neville also stated that he holds no sympathy for Cameroon's misfortunes, stressing that "the rules are rules" and that the referee got the decision right. The manager also revealed that Houghtoun underwent treatment after that horrendous late tackle.

FIFA have launched an investigation into Cameroon's behaviour. Meanwhile, England are through to the quarter-finals where they will battle it out with Norway for a spot in the semis.

 

 

 


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