While most were sympathetic to Jose Gimenez’ tears as Uruguay crashed out of the World Cup Gary Neville was quite the opposite, labelling the defender’s tears as ‘embarrassing’ while commentating on British television.
The 2-0 defeat to France was a tough pill to swallow for Gimenez, who was part of an outstanding Uruguayan backline at Russia 2018.
The Atletico Madrid defender, who has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United, barely put a foot wrong all tournament but despite his heroics at the heart of the Uruguayan back four the 23-year-old couldn’t hide his emotions - and Gary Neville was not impressed.
Many Twitter users have united behind Gimenez and critical of Neville’s comments.
"That's embarrassing" -- Gary Neville on Gimenez's in-game cry.— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) July 6, 2018
It's not embarrassing. It's a real feeling. Your statement is embarrassing, Gary.
A football player showing his emotions at a World Cup exit - albeit while the game is still being played - described as 'embarrassing' by Gary Neville.— Kristian Walsh (@Kristian_Walsh) July 6, 2018
Machismo-laden rubbish. In my opinion.
Gary Neville: “What you crying for?”— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) July 6, 2018
Gary Neville’s young child: “I cut my finger on a knife daddy, it’s bleeding!”
Gary Neville: “So, you’ve still got nine other fingers, haven’t you? Get on with it .... pathetic”
"He's crying? What's he crying for?" - Gary Neville.— The Boi (@ChuBoi) July 6, 2018
Chill bro 😂