Twitter confusion leads to wrong Phil Neville being bombarded with abusive tweets

Phil Neville, second from the left, criticised for his commentary over the World Cup 2014

Former football player, Phil Neville, has received a swarm of abusive tweets over his 'dull' and 'boring' manner when commentating the England v Italy game that took place on Saturday night, a part of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Although Neville received a bombardment of hate messages to his own account, a fellow Twitter user cursed with the same namesake became a victim of criticism too.

Phil Neville, a 60 year old radiator salesman​

Phil Neville, a 60 year old radiator salesman, said that upon returning home after watching the game with his friends, his phone would not stop buzzing. Mr Neville was being tweeted abusive messages after being mistaken by many for the former Manchester United and Everton player. He continued to receive threatening and offensive tweets throughout the following day including one that read 'I hope you die'.

Mr Neville has been aware of his unfortunate naming since 2011. One of the very first tweets on his account was "I have the same name as the footballer Phil Neville of Everton and I keep receiving contact from fans". The misunderstanding may be due to his Twitter username @philneville compared to the commentator who has a slightly less recognizable handle of @fizzer18

Among the 445 complaints over Neville's commentary, influential figures such as Ricky Gervais and Didi Hamann tweeted "I genuinely hope that Phil Neville doesn't ever read Twitter. Brutal." and "If Phil Neville reads his Twitter feed he may not come out for the second half." The other Phil Neville said he felt sorry for the commentator, and tweeted him with a good luck message recently.

Despite the vast array of complaints, the BBC has confirmed that Neville will remain to play a "key role throughout the tournament" which will continue to unfold over the next few weeks. 

Source: BBC | Image via The Telegraph

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We definitely have a knack for confusing things on Twitter. Anyone remember last year when the EDL were terrorising parts of the country? Some of the (justified) Twitter abuse went to EDF Energy instead.

Jaybonaut said,
"Former SOCCER player, Phil Neville," ...

:D

FOOTBALL! Played with the FOOT! Unlike that stupid Americanised version of Rugby where they CARRY the dammed thing and wear nancy boy armour.

Stop changing GLOBAL names for things just because your little local thing nicked it.

FloatingFatMan said,

FOOTBALL! Played with the FOOT! Unlike that stupid Americanised version of Rugby where they CARRY the dammed thing and wear nancy boy armour.

Stop changing GLOBAL names for things just because your little local thing nicked it.


Well said old chap,sick of this America is the center of everything crap. They don't even have a proper history :)

FloatingFatMan said,

FOOTBALL! Played with the FOOT! Unlike that stupid Americanised version of Rugby where they CARRY the dammed thing and wear nancy boy armour.

Stop changing GLOBAL names for things just because your little local thing nicked it.

Calm down. Soccer is just a colloquialism for Association Football.
And the Brits invented the term by the way.

edit: I still prefer Rugby to all :)

duddit2 said,

Well said old chap,sick of this America is the center of everything crap. They don't even have a proper history :)

Lets not start with this kind of silly xenophobia. It always ends up being a slagging match about how America saved us in the second world war (which is undoubtedly true), and thus the meaningless bitching and point scoring goes on and on - all usually argued by people who have no idea what it meant to go to war, and thus really aren't in a position to make comments about it.

Chicane-UK said,

America saved us in the second world war (which is undoubtedly true)

Actually, the Russians saved us ;)

Chicane-UK said,

Lets not start with this kind of silly xenophobia. It always ends up being a slagging match about how America saved us in the second world war (which is undoubtedly true), and thus the meaningless bitching and point scoring goes on and on - all usually argued by people who have no idea what it meant to go to war, and thus really aren't in a position to make comments about it.

So you don't want this brought up because it may lead to comments about historical war facts (which you have ass backwards), but you yourself bring up said facts? interesting......

duddit2 said,

Well said old chap,sick of this America is the center of everything crap. They don't even have a proper history :)

irony: complaining about America being 'the center' of everything, while using the American spelling of 'centre'

mulligan2k said,

irony: complaining about America being 'the center' of everything, while using the American spelling of 'centre'

America isn't the only English speaking country that uses "center" instead of "centre". Anyway, "center" is a more logical spelling, as you say "er" not "re" at the end of the word.

Actually it has already been proven that American football players do more damage in a hit than rugby players, therfore the "nancy" protection. But I guess a couchpotato knows better to mock anything he don't like.

mulligan2k said,

irony: complaining about America being 'the center' of everything, while using the American spelling of 'centre'


Touché!

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Actually it has already been proven that American football players do more damage in a hit than rugby players, therfore the "nancy" protection. But I guess a couchpotato knows better to mock anything he don't like.
how can you do damage if your surrounded by robocop like armor? or rather "armour" to keep it brittish.
Just because impact force is higher, because they are wearing armor. does not mean more damage.
if your not such nancy boys, play american football without the 30cm of full body armor.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Actually it has already been proven that American football players do more damage in a hit than rugby players, therfore the "nancy" protection. But I guess a couchpotato knows better to mock anything he don't like.

Well duh. A 300lb man running into you at 20mph vs a 300lb man wearing an additional 30lb of hard kevlar armour at 20mph. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out which is going to hit harder.

FloatingFatMan said,

Well duh. A 300lb man running into you at 20mph vs a 300lb man wearing an additional 30lb of hard kevlar armour at 20mph. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out which is going to hit harder.

Indeed. Some lightweight body armour is only going to protect you so far.. you're still not going to escape from whiplash type injuries and the sheer force from a huge American footballer slamming into you is going to be substantial. There's no doubting some of those guys are extremely big and extremely strong.

FloatingFatMan said,

Well duh. A 300lb man running into you at 20mph vs a 300lb man wearing an additional 30lb of hard kevlar armour at 20mph. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out which is going to hit harder.

Right because we see all sorts of rugby players getting diagnosed with brain diseases from the abuse they took from the game... And I bet teams coordinate bounties to injure certain players, right?

Rugby is a great game, but if you think it's more violent than American football, then you clearly haven't done your homework. NFL players are bigger, faster, and get a slap on the wrist when they knock somebody's head off, so it's a big problem. The pads are there to prevent fatalities and broken bones every single game. Even so, concussions remain a huge problem.

I didn't make any claims about Rugby or American Football being more violent. The only real claim I made was that a man + armour would always do more damage than a man with no armour, and that American Football IS NOT FOOTBALL!

FloatingFatMan said,
I didn't make any claims about Rugby or American Football being more violent. The only real claim I made was that a man + armour would always do more damage than a man with no armour, and that American Football IS NOT FOOTBALL!

That doesn't make any sense though. The point of the pads is to disperse the impact force over a large surface area. Without pads, the impact zone is more rigid and will transfer the energy to a more central area and impart more damage. The pads weight about 10 lbs today, so it's hardly a big deal compared to the 200-350lb players. There are higher speed impacts in the NFL which is why pads are required.

And nobody is disputing that American football is football, so don't get all worked up over it. The Brits created the "soccer" term so all the wording mixups between football and soccer root from them.

Do you automatically fall for such a super-obvious troll attempt? Did you notice the smiley?

Americans are just as crazed about sports as anyone else... they just don't care about soccer compared to others.

Seriously? Someone gives boring comments on a match, and tehy react with "I hope that you die"? And even on the wrong account...

The people who do these things often don't have any sense for the consequences of what they say, and hide behind the notion that they'll likely never need to face the person that they're abusing.

Studio384 said,
Seriously? Someone gives boring comments on a match, and tehy react with "I hope that you die"? And even on the wrong account...

I find it slightly terrifying that this has sort of become 'the norm' and almost acceptable in some respects. I'd say maybe this is a generational thing but you get older folks who should know better doing this too - so clearly it's just a societal thing. Pretty scary how malicious some people can actually be :(

Even if I really loathed someone or wanted to comment negatively on something they said, I'd do it politely - it wouldn't be a torrent of abuse.

I think it's exactly as zhangm says - they don't need to face the consequences for what they say, therefore it gives them some sort of feeling of invincibility.