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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Champions League 1 day ago
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By ESPN Staff
Jan 23, 2006

Carragher slams Neville's over-the-top celebration

Jamie Carragher has condemned Gary Neville for `crossing the line' with his wild celebrations at Manchester United's late winner over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Referee Mike Riley has confirmed to the Football Association he did not see Neville race 60 yards towards the Liverpool supporters following Rio Ferdinand's last-minute header, then grab his shirt before punching the air in jubilation.

The FA will now wait for Riley to assess the incident on video and also study written observations due to be forwarded by Greater Manchester Police before deciding whether to take any action against the United skipper.

Although Neville was subjected to abuse by a section of the Liverpool fans, Carragher does not believe there was any excuse for his England team-mate's actions.

As a Liverpool man born and bred, Carragher understands totally the emotions Neville was feeling when Ferdinand's header hit the net. But he still thinks the full-back should have been able to control his emotions. 'I think there is a line and Neville crossed it,' Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.

'I have heard people say it is justified because he gets a lot of stick from the Liverpool fans but the truth is he gets the stick because he has been doing that for years. That is why it all started.

'I feel the same way about Liverpool as Neville does about Manchester United and from that point of view we are similar but I don't act like that when we score against United.

'If I did, I would expect United fans to give me the same amount of abuse.'

The Greater Manchester Police have written to the Football Association to complain about Neville's antics.

A statement from GMP read: 'Chief Superintendent Andy Holt has written a letter expressing his concern. No criminal investigation is taking place at this stage.'