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Radiator salesman offers namesake Phil Neville job swap after internet abuse

PUBLISHED: 13:55 17 June 2014 | UPDATED: 13:57 17 June 2014

Phil Neville, from Hadleigh, suffered abuse after his namesake's commentating.

Phil Neville, from Hadleigh, suffered abuse after his namesake's commentating.

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A radiator salesman from Suffolk called Phil Neville has offered to do a job swap with his football commentator namesake - after receiving abuse intended for the former defender on Twitter.

Phil Neville, from Hadleigh, began receiving abuse after ex-star came under fire for his commentary performance during England’s World Cup defeat against Italy.

Mr Neville received thousands of tweets - including death threats - to his online handle @philneville. The ex-footballer is on the social networking site as @fizzer18.

The 60-year-old Arsenal fan said: “I’ve had comments about my name for years and it’s always been a bit of fun.

“But now I have some sympathy for what celebrities go through - some of it wasn’t very nice at all.”

The former player was criticised for his lack of emotion and “monotone” style during the game.

A BBC spokesman said there were 445 complaints after Saturday night’s game, which pulled in a peak audience of 15.6 million viewers.

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