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BBC warn Phil Neville over "two-foot" comment about Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky

Neville has been warned to be careful about what he says. Photo: PA

The BBC has warned Match of the Day pundits to be "careful" about what they say after Phil Neville told viewers he would "two-foot" an Arsenal player during a show on Sunday.

The former Man United and Everton star's remark came after Tomas Rosicky pulled off a pass without looking during the FA Cup victory against Brighton.

Viewers heard Neville explain: "If that was a training session and somebody did that I'd be first over there and I'd probably look to two-foot him or take him out of the game.

"If somebody did that in training to me, winding me up, I would be straight in there. I'd smash them."

In a statement, BBC Sport responded to their audience's concerns by acknowledging:

This comment was not meant to offend in any way, but on reflection, Phil acknowledges that the language he used was unfortunate.

That said, Mark Chapman did immediately challenge him and the tone of the discussion was light-hearted enough to suggest that the panel were not condoning any kind of violence or setting an example to a younger audience.

BBC Sport will, however, remind the team to take extra care during discussions during our live programmes.

– BBC statement