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Last Updated: Friday, 25 June, 2004, 07:36 GMT 08:36 UK
Neville hits out at referee

By Phil McNulty
Our man with England

PORTUGAL 2-2 ENGLAND (Portugal win 6-5 on penalties)
Gary Neville (centre), his brother Phil and Sol Campbell dispute referee Urs Meier disallowing the altter's late goal
Gary Neville has criticised referee Urs Meier for ruling out a possible late winner for England against Portugal.

Sol Campbell netted in the last minute of the Euro 2004 quarter-final - but Meier ruled there had been a push.

"I don't think anyone in the stadium thought it was a foul other than the referee unfortunately," said Neville.

"The referee wasn't the best. He was a bit petty. I don't think Sol was anywhere near the goalkeeper at the time he was penalised."

It was a nightmare revisited for Campbell, who saw a crucial goal ruled out in a World Cup clash against Argentina in 1998.

Portugal won 6-5 on penalties in the Stadium of Light after goalkeeper Ricardo saved Darius Vassell's penalty then scored himself.

"It was a great game, entertaining for everybody, but devastating for us in the end," Neville said.

"We believed we would have to suffer at times in a game and an atmosphere like that and we did suffer.

"But these are the sorts of games that if you get through them you win major tournaments - sadly we didn't get through it and our chance was gone.

"It is devastating and disappointing for everyone in England because everybody genuinely believed we could do it."





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