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Gary Neville Defends Rachel Riley, After She Quits Sky Sports Role Due To Backlash

She had made a controversial comment about Tottenham Hotspur.

16/06/2017 12:07 BST | Updated 16/06/2017 15:43 BST

Former footballer Gary Neville has leapt to the defence of Rachel Riley, after the presenter quit her role on Sky Sports due to a backlash for comments she made about Tottenham Hotspur. 

The ‘Countdown’ mathematician has quit her co-hosting job on ‘Friday Night Football’, after suffering what she described as “hideous personal abuse” from Spurs fans. 

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Gary Neville has defended former Sky Sports host Rachel Riley

Rachel landed in hot water when she claimed Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham in their Premier League title challenge last month was “a proper bottle job”.

According to The Times (£), she has since decided not to renew her contract with Sky Sports. 

Gary, who works as a pundit for the channel, has now taken to Twitter to voice his disgust at the abuse Rachel suffered, calling it “scandalous”. 

He wrote: “A Scandalous response to a nothing comment. Not helped by other presenters in the TV world sticking the knife in!!”

Rachel previously defended her comments after the game, writing on Twitter: “Didn’t mean any offence to Spurs or their fans tonight just a surprise to slip v WHam with their form on paper. Personal abuse is hideous.

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Rachel suffered 'hideous personal abuse' from Spurs fans

“After a great run to slip now is disappointing for Spurs. As a MUFC fan neutral in the title run closer would’ve been more interesting.

“For the record I didn’t say Spurs are bottle jobs but tonight’s game was a test of nerve. WH hadn’t beaten any of the top 6 this season. 

“I love football, always have, always will, banter is fun, abuse is not whoever/whatever/wherever #respect.”

HuffPost UK has contacted a representative for Rachel for comment on her decision to leave Sky Sports. 

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