Gary Neville slams Everton winger Mirallas after 'despicable' penalty incident

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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has blasted Everton winger Kevin Mirallas.

During Sky Sports' coverage of Monday night's game between Everton and West Bromwich Albion, analyst Gary Neville blasted Everton winger Kevin Mirallas.

The Belgian, 27, bizarrely chose to take a penalty in the first half despite regular penalty taker Leighton Baines having only ever missed one spot kick in his career.

Mirallas stepped up and hit the post, and it cost Everton as they could only muster a 0-0 draw before manager Roberto Martinez substituted Mirallas at half time.

Neville was fuming with the situation, and having noted how team mates Romelu Lukaku and Steven Naismith wanted Baines to take the kick, he branded Mirallas 'despicable' and that disobeying team orders is 'unforgivable'.

"I haven't got a clue. I've got to be careful here, because we're not quite sure...but Lukaku wants the ball off him, then Naismith is pointing towards giving the ball to Baines. If he's done what I think he's done, which is go against team orders or manager's orders and selfishly taken the ball, it's one the most despicable breaches of team spirit you could possibly have," said the former Manchester United right back.

"You do not do that at any cost. It looks to me like he's gone against team orders, which is a scandal, it's one of the worst things you can see. It looks like something that you would class as unforgivable in a dressing room, I have to say," he added.

Manager Martinez has since stated that Mirallas' substitution was because of a hamstring injury, but it comes at an interesting time for the former Lille wide man.

Mirallas is out of contract in 18 months time, and speculation is mounting that he may look to leave Goodison Park in search of bigger and better things, and whilst Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have been linked with moves to sign him in the Daily Mirror, Tottenham have reportedly made an enquiry for Mirallas, according to the London Evening Standard.

If Mirallas becomes a divisive figure in the Everton dressing room, then Martinez may well look to cash in on him whilst he can - so this situation may begin to heat up after the penalty fiasco.

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