Radiator salesman offers namesake Phil Neville job swap after internet abuse

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

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
1:55 PM

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.

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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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