Gary Neville has issued a agency defence of Mason Greenwood and brought purpose on the experiences in regards to the teenager inhaling laughing fuel.
Greenwood has been pressured to apologise for his “poor judgement” after footage emerged of the Manchester United ahead apparently inhaling laughing fuel.
The 18-year-old appeared to breathe in nitrous oxide from a balloon in a video reportedly filmed quite a lot of weeks in the past.
The footage emerged in a nationwide newspaper this weekend and is the second time in per week Greenwood has been the supply of controversy.
Greenwood was despatched dwelling from England responsibility final week after breaching Covid-19 pointers, an incident for which he additionally needed to apologise for his actions.
However when requested in regards to the incident on Sky Sports activities about of Tottenham vs Everton, Neville took purpose on the reporters claiming they’re a “step too far”.
“I really feel a little bit uncomfortable. I feel final week utterly accepted that it was a giant story with England, while he’s within the England resort, it’s within the public curiosity,” the previous United defender mentioned.
“However at what level will we really feel uncomfortable with issues the place you are feeling like somebody is being victimised.
“I really feel like this morning’s story off the again of final week, he is a younger boy, it takes it into a spot the place I start to get a little bit discomfort.
“If you happen to keep in mind a few years in the past when Raheem Sterling needed to communicate out about he felt he was being victimised by sure sections of the media.
“I get to that place now the place what’s that going to do that morning to assist that boy? It’s not going to assist anyone.
“It’s not within the public curiosity. Folks might imagine it’s, free press. We agree with it, however we all know finally that these tales can have important harm on folks.
“For me I really feel a little bit bit uncomfortable with that one this morning.”
Neville continued: “The membership will rally round him, his team-mates will rally round him and the supporters… nicely if there have been 70,000 followers in a stadium right this moment they might be signing his identify nonstop.
“As a result of to be truthful, that’s what each membership’s supporters do with their gamers, particularly one in all their very own. Which clearly Mason Greenwood is.
“I like him as a participant and we all know full nicely as younger lads up and down this nation whether or not they’re soccer gamers or studying about regulation, or studying about accountancy, or a plumber or electrician, they make errors.
“They do issues that they should not do. However to have it scrutinised to a stage past what I imagine is useful is what occurred, I imagine, this morning.
“Final week I obtained it. We now have coronavirus points and he must take his clip across the ear for that, however this one was a step too far for me!”