Inter Miami boss Phil Neville admitted he was wrong to accuse MLS referees of cheating and promised his outburst “was on time.”
Neville saw his team slide to a fifth straight loss to the New York Red Bulls last weekend, with an effort from Patryk Klimala proving to be the difference between the two teams.
Inter Miami also saw a Gonzalo Higuain knocked out after a VAR exam, and their head coach ranted the match officials after the match, which earned him a fine from the MLS and drew criticism from the Professional Soccer Referees Association.
What did Neville say?
Neville told reporters after the 1-0 loss to New York: “We were cheated in Portland and we were cheated again.
“I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but something is fundamentally wrong with the way the refs treat Inter Miami.
“We play in one of the best leagues in the world, and I’m having a great experience, but I have a dressing room that asks real, real questions about the integrity of this league in terms of the decisions we make. get. “
Neville withdraws his comments
The England manager, who has played for Manchester United, Everton and England during his playing career, has now expressed regret for his comments while revealing constructive discussions with relevant American game governing bodies on how best to move forward.
“After the game I said the things I said in the emotions of losing a really important game and in terms of the feelings of the last two or three games, feeling a little harsh because of a few decisions that didn’t weren’t our way, ”Neville said at a press conference.
“I used the wrong terminology to describe how I was feeling. I used the wrong word – cheating – which should never be used towards officials or in football matches.
“I had a very good dialogue with the MLS and the PRO referees [organization] in terms of decisions, my behavior, the word used and the respect that is needed on both sides, and of course my assurance that it was only once.
Neville was speaking ahead of Inter Miami’s next MLS Eastern Conference outing against the Columbus Crew on Saturday.
David Beckham-owned franchise must win to keep alive their weak hopes of securing a place in the playoffs, with eight points currently separating them from the Montreal Impact in seventh.