Gary Neville fires damning response to Nottingham Forest Stuart Attwell statement after Everton win

TV pundit Gary Neville
Gary Neville has shared his verdict on the Nottingham Forest statement. -Credit:Danehouse/Getty Images

Gary Neville believes Nottingham Forest should be ashamed of the "horrendous" statement published via social media following their 2-0 defeat against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Idrissa Gueye and Dwight McNeil settled the contest in Everton's favour at Goodison Park.

It was an all-important showdown between two sides battling against relegation this season, especially so after the clubs were hit with FFP points deductions. Everton came out on top, though, with Forest left to complain on the back of what they perceived to be VAR and officiating errors on Merseyside.

Via social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Forest publicised their anger at three would-be penalty calls, also outlining the appointment of VAR Stuart Attwell, who the Midlands club claimed supports another relegation-threatened side in Luton Town, as a red flag to the Midlands side before kick-off.

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Neville was drawn to that statement as he prepared to provide commentary on Everton's neighbours Liverpool, who were in action vs Fulham shortly after the final whistle sounded at Goodison Park. He told Sky Sports: "I just want to comment on that Nottingham Forest statement...

"It is a horrendous statement by that football club and it lets the proud history of that club down. And that they inferred cheating as suggested by the fact there is a Luton Town official is absolutely ridiculous."

Neville's comments were in response to an X post from Forest's official account. The post read: "Three extremely poor decisions - three penalties not given - which we simply cannot accept. We warned the PGMOL 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."