posted on Oct, 8 2004 @ 05:55 AM
Gary Neville believes Manchester United and England team-mate Rio Ferdinand was forced to do 'a dog's job' during his eight-month exile
"I never expected that anybody could show the professionalism Rio showed over that eight months,'' said Neville, referring to Ferdinand's ban for
missing a drugs test.
"When he first got the ban I didn't expect to see him again in the summer but instead he came into training every day and gave his all.
"It was a dog's job in a way. He had to play against the first team in training all the time because he wasn't available, yet still maintained the
same focus as if he was preparing for a game.
"I don't think many players would have been able to do that. If you take away the chance of playing a game for a footballer, you are taking away their
I've already said I felt the ban was way harsh and the consistancy levels for punishments are still not there.