Gary Neville could become the second player in a week to face disciplinary action over his celebrations - despite not actually being on the pitch. Neville ran onto the field of play and celebrated in front of the Manchester City supporters after Michael Owen’s last gasp winner in Sunday’s derby, and is likely to face a one-match ban for his antics.
City boss Mark Hughes described the injury-plagued right-back as “acting like a lunatic”, and some away supporters reported that Neville mouthed insults at them before attempting to disguise his wild celebrations as an elaborate warm-up exercise, despite Alex Ferguson having no substitutions left to make.
Neville, who watched the entire 96 minutes from the bench, was carpeted for his provocative celebrations in front of the away stand at Old Trafford three years ago, when United grabbed another last minute winner against bitter rivals Liverpool.
On that occasion the defender, frequently dubbed “Red Nev” by fans, was awarded with a one-match ban and this time the FA are unlikely to treat it any differently, extending Neville’s stay on the sidelines.
See Neville’s Liverpool baiting, amongst other controversial celebrations, here: http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/fourfourtwoview/archive/2009/09/22/the-tuesday-10-controversial-celebrations.aspx