DAVID BECKHAM’S Inter Miami lost their fifth successive game on Saturday.
And furious boss Phil Neville demanded an ‘investigation’ into decisions going against his side after a controversial VAR call in the 1-0 defeat at New York Red Bulls.
Phil Neville was seething in his post-match press conference
Gonzalo Higuain (right) had a goal ruled offsideCredit: Reuters
Patryk Klimala’s left-footed effort in the 26th minute put the home side 1-0 up as under pressure Neville’s men tried to stop the rot.
The 33-year-old was played in down the right hand channel, cut in on his left and saw his left-footed strike deflect in off the defender.
But it was called offside by the on-field linesman and the video official confirmed it was the correct call.
Miami could not claw their way back and fell to their third successive 1-0 defeat – after recent losses by the same scoreline to Atlanta United and Portland.
And Neville, 44, was absolutely fuming after the final whistle.
Starting his press conference, he said he would “go full barrel” before calling for a “massive investigation about some of the decisions that get given against Inter Miami.”
He went on: “We got cheated in Portland and we’ve been cheated again.
“I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but something is fundamentally wrong with the way referees treat Inter Miami.
“We’re playing in one of the best leagues in the world, and I’m having a great experience, but I’ve got a dressing room that’s asking real, real questions about the integrity of this league in terms of the decisions we keep getting.”
Neville’s team had a goal disallowed at Portland for a foul last Sunday and Manchester United’s former versatility man has had enough.
He fumed: “We’ve had our integrity questioned this year.
“We got stones thrown at us and had to take a lot of **** and when you do wrong you accept it.
“I hope I don’t come across as a bad loser. Congratulations to New York Red Bulls.
“But I’m sick and tired of receiving emails on Mondays saying: ‘Sorry, the calls could have gone the other way.’”
Neville confirmed he had no issue with the on-field referee Toni Penso – saying she performed well – but directed his anger at the VAR.
The former England Women manager added: “I thought the referee had a really good game.
“An outstanding female official has been let down incredibly by the VAR system.”
Miami remain 11th in the MLS Eastern Conference with just six games remaining.
They are eight points behind Montreal who sit seventh – in the final play-off spot.
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