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Hundreds Of People Have Complained To The BBC About Phil Neville’s Boring Commentary

Is it time to wake up yet?

1. The BBC has confirmed there were 445 complaints about Phil Neville’s commentary during England’s opening World Cup game against Italy at the weekend.

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2. Neville was roundly criticised for his montone punditry and perceived lack of emotion during the match in Manaus on Saturday evening.

will be playing recordings of Phil Neville all night to keep the streets all calm and sleepy. Remember respect residents #KnowYourLimit

— SWarksCops (@Policing South Warks)

BBC have apologised for sound problems during the game after Phil Neville's microphone was mistakenly left on.

— jamiesont (@tom jamieson)

@fizzer18 shut up Philip u are boring the life out of me on this

— WayneRooney (@Wayne Rooney)

9. A spokesman for the BBC confirmed hundreds of complaints had been made following England’s 2-1 loss to Italy, a game that attracted a peak audience of 15.6 million viewers.

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10. Neville has acknowledged the rather vocal criticism and thanked people for their feedback.

1st live co-comm last night-sometimes u have to take the criticism - it will only make me better- thanks for the feedback(ahhahaha)!

— fizzer18 (@Philip Neville)

11. He has also today been re-tweeting those who have praised his punditry.

The amount of stick @fizzer18 is getting for for his commentary is shocking He's one of the only commentators who talk sense !

— jakey_mufc (@jake george)

12. During the match on Saturday, his wife Julie also tweeted her support.

@r11kyp @fizzer18 @BBCSport ha ha - he is good at talking!! Nerve wracking watching this match though!

— MrsNev18 (@Julie Neville)

13. And he has received some high-profile support.

The 450 people that bothered to seriously complain to the BBC about Phil Neville's commentary are a hundred times more boring than him.

— rickygervais (@Ricky Gervais)

14. The 445 complaints about Neville’s commentary are only slightly less than the number of people who complained about the sound of vuvuzela horns during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.


Neville is next set to appear as a studio analyst for Iran v Nigeria on the BBC later on Monday.

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