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24 December 2019 04:35

PSG vs Man United Manchester United F.C. Sergio Romero

'These are the views of Gary Neville and not Sky." These are the words that will embarrass the broadcasters. Viewers crave strong yet balanced views from a former England international with experience, intelligence and a conscience. Footballers are allowed to think outside the penalty box. Punters want pundits such as Neville to bring their invaluable expertise to the footballing discourse, especially in placing events in a societal context as Neville did when analysing allegations of racist abuse made by Chelsea's Antonio Rüdiger at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. Many agreed with him, even if the broadcasters got twitchy.

We need Gary Neville to keep speaking up on racism

These episodes highlight how much those recently entering retirement form an age of the enlightened. Football needs to hear more from them, not less. Fans don't…