England assistant manager and Manchester United legend Gary Neville has discussed his thoughts on Jack Wilshere's behaviour on Arsenal's bus parade after their FA-Cup win, when the 23-year-old made comments against rivals Tottenham Hotspur that ended up landing him in trouble with the FA, in an interview with Sport magazine.
The Gunners midfielder led supporters watching the parade in an anti-Spurs chant laced with what the FA deemed to be inappropriate language, with Wilshere ending up with a misconduct charge and a £40,000 fine.
Neville insisted that it was actually refreshing to see a player display a bit of passion, with the 40-year-old someone that was more than capable of wearing his heart on his sleeve himself during his playing career.
“When Jack Wilshere swore on a bus ride, I actually thought it was one of the best things I’ve seen from a football player in the past five or 10 years," Neville told Sport Magazine.
"If I was a manager of players that all had that passion... Alright, they’d obviously been out the night before. But the reality of it is we cry out for players to have passion, and yet we are quite critical of them when they display passion."
Though Wilshere later insisted it was only banter in the Standard, citing the fact he has Tottenham fans in his family as proof that it wasn't anything more aggressive, the FA charged and punished him, with the player himself apologising eventually.
And that was one thing Neville thought was different between how he reacted in the past to FA charges and how Wilshere dealt with it this summer.
“There were moments in my career where I… overstepped the mark," Neville admitted. "I actually challenged every FA charge I had, so that’s the difference. Jack apologised and took the punishment!”