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.
2. Neville was roundly criticised for his montone punditry and perceived lack of emotion during the match in Manaus on Saturday evening.
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.
10. Neville has acknowledged the rather vocal criticism and thanked people for their feedback.
11. He has also today been re-tweeting those who have praised his punditry.
12. During the match on Saturday, his wife Julie also tweeted her support.
13. And he has received some high-profile support.
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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