Radiator salesman offers namesake Phil Neville job swap after internet abuse
13:55 17 June 2014
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.