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Neville calls for calm
05 Mar 2007 - 12:11:46
Everton defender Phil Neville has praised the club's fans despite admitting that he was upset when a bottle was thrown on to the pitch during the 1-1 draw at Sheffield United.
The former Manchester United star tossed the offending item off the playing surface and gestured towards the visiting fans at Bramall Lane.
But he told the club's official website: "The fans were fantastic. It wasn't a criticism when I went behind the goal, it was a case of saying calm down a little.
"I was just as excited as the fans at that moment but in terms of throwing things on to the pitch it's not what football needs, never mind Everton, because I believe we've got the best away support and the best home support in the land.
"We don't want anyone labelling us as having bad fans because we haven't.
"I understand that fans do get excited, but when I saw the bottle come on to the pitch I just told the fans to calm down behind the goal.
"They were so excited and obviously somebody got a little bit carried away and that's what we don't want to see."