Sky Sports apologises to Nottingham Forest for Gary Neville comments after Everton loss


UK broadcaster Sky Sports has apologised to Nottingham Forest for “any offence caused” by comments made by Gary Neville about the club.

Neville, 49, had accused Forest of acting like a “mafia gang” following a statement the club released after their 2-0 loss at Everton in April.

Forest sent Sky a legal letter following Neville’s comments and on Friday, the company issued an apology.

“In response to a Nottingham Forest statement outlining their grievances with PGMOL following their match with Everton on 21 April Gary Neville, commenting on Super Sunday, strongly criticised Nottingham Forest’s approach,” the statement said.

“Sky Sports have discussed with Gary the language used and its potential to cause offence. Gary has agreed not to use the same or similar terms in future coverage.

“Sky Sports apologises to Nottingham Forest for any offence caused by this language.”

 

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Nottingham Forest’s furious tweet: What happened and why did they post it?

Forest felt they should have had three penalties during their defeat at Goodison Park for three incidents involving Everton defender Ashley Young.

A post on X by Forest shortly after the game read: “Three extremely poor decisions — three penalties not given — which we simply cannot accept.

“We warned the PGMOL that the VAR is a Luton fan before the game but they didn’t change him. Our patience has been tested multiple times. NFFC will now consider its options.”

Commenting on Forest’s post, Neville had said: “It’s like a mafia-gang statement. Honestly, what the hell are they playing at? It’s like a petulant child, it’s embarrassing.

“And some of those things they’re saying in there, the suggestion of some sort of inferring of cheating because there’s an official in VAR in Stockley Park who’s a Luton fan is a scandal, and they will pay for that.”

Neville, the former Manchester United and England defender, is currently at the European Championship in Germany working as a studio pundit for UK broadcaster ITV.

An independent panel, made up of three ex-players or coaches, a representative of the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL) and a Premier League representative, later unanimously agreed that Forest should have had one penalty during the Everton game, for Young’s 55th-minute challenge on Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Forest were later charged by the FA in relation to their social media post.

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