Manchester United captain Gary Neville will receive no warning from match referee Howard Webb before Saturday’s FA Cup Fifth Round clash against Liverpool at Anfield.
Neville ran the full length of the pitch at Old Trafford a month ago to taunt Liverpool fans when the hosts scored a last minute winner in a recent Premiership match. Neville was given a charge of improper conduct by the FA for his actions.
On Saturday as the two arch-rivals meet again at Anfield, Neville is going to be given a tough time by the crowd, but referee’s chief Keith Hackett says Neville will be given no warnings as to the consequences of his actions.
He said, “I do not want any referee to go into a game making pre-judgements on individuals. Everyone starts on a level playing field. We realise that we actually rely on the players to be self-disciplined.
“I have no doubt somebody has had a quiet word in Gary Neville’s ear and that will be sufficient.”