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Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has looked back at an incident that happened in 2004 with big regrets.
Cole was racially abused by Spanish fans in 2004 during an international clash, and Gary Neville has admitted that he was wrong for not backing his former Three Lions teammate – a decision that still haunts him till date.
Looking back at the 2004 incident, the ex-Manchester United captain said: “I sat next to Ashley in that dressing room in Spain, came off the pitch, didn’t say a word to him, went back home and didn’t think. I just accepted it almost.
“I didn’t even say to him at the end of the game, ‘How are you?’ The reality is we put racial abuse in the same category as the abuse we would receive for playing for Man United, for England. We just put it down as abuse.
“We didn’t think, we just got on with it. It’s appalling and I’m ashamed of the fact. For someone who was on the PFA management committee and fought for players’ rights at nearly every level, I didn’t fight hard enough on this.”