Gary Neville’s Savage Reaction To Uruguay Player Crying During World Cup Game

Gary Neville before the match.

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Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez was seen crying during the last five minutes of the game.

The opening game of the quarter-final saw France come up against the South Americans, who received a pre-match blow when Edinson Cavani was declared unfit for the fixture. Stuani was called upon to replace the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

It was a fairly open affair in the opening minutes until Bentancur conceded a free-kick after a late tackle on Tolisso. Varane scored with a delicate header to give France the lead in the later stages of the first half.

Uruguay had their chance, but were clearing missing the presence of Edinson Cavani.

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In the 61st minute, Muslera made a horrible mistake from a Griezmann shot that more or less sealed Uruguay’s departure from the World Cup. But Gimenez’s tears towards the end of the match caught the eyes of Manchester United legend Gary Neville.


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Neville, who is on the commentary team at ITV, was embraced by the defender, and wanted him to give his all rather than crying. The Manchester United defender was a part of the famous 1999 Champions League victory, and made a reference to it.

“Is he crying? What’s he crying for?” asked Neville. “What’s up with him? There’s five minutes to go yet. I’m all for emotion and passion, but that’s embarrassing. Your team has got five minutes, you can score two goals – get on with it!”

His words haven’t gone down well though, as fans on social media questioned his criticism regarding the passion a player displays for his country playing in the World Cup.