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Garth Crooks brands Wolves captain Ruben Neves 'pathetic' after post-Newcastle comments

Ruben Neves has upset BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks, who has branded the midfielder ‘pathetic’ for questioning the decision not to send off Fabian Schar in Wolves’ recent 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.

Wanderers took on the Magpies at Molineux just over a week ago, and ought to have won.

Neves had given Wolves the lead in the first-half.

But late on, Hwang Hee-chan’s poor clearance found Allan Saint-Maximin, who scored a stunning equaliser.

A number of controversial incidents occurred in the game, including a dangerous challenge from Newcastle centre-back Schar on Pedro Neto.

The Switzerland international caught Neto high on his leg, and the youngster was down for several minutes as he received treatment.

Somehow, Schar escaped a red card, prompting Neves to react furiously after the game.

He said that Neto was really lucky not to have had his leg broken by the challenge.

Crooks has now strangely taken issue with Neves’ comments, slamming him for lacking ‘etiquette’.

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He said (via BBC Sport): “Is this what it’s come to? Players accepting interviews in order to squeal on other professionals about their challenges in a football match? The last time I looked players were paid to play but it would appear Wolves captain Ruben Neves wants to be judge and jury as well.

“Players can argue and disagree with him but to use your time in a post-match interview to whinge about an opponent’s challenge, and why he thought that player was no longer worthy of remaining on the pitch, is pathetic.

“It was also well outside the standards of professional football etiquette between players. I’m astonished Neves didn’t know that or the communication team at Wolves didn’t tell him.”

Ludicrous comments from Garth Crooks, Ruben Neves’ comments were justified after awful challenge from Schar on Neto

Quite why Crooks is so upset by what Neves said is anyone’s guess.

The challenge on Neto was extremely dangerous from Schar and the decision not to send him off was extremely strange.

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Neves was understandably incensed by a challenge that could have seriously injured his teammate and friend, and made sure he made his feelings known.

Sending Schar off could have completely changed the course of the match, and Wolves might have ultimately taken three points.