Gary Neville tweets after being accused of not showing respect to Leicester helicopter victims

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The football world is in mourning following the tragic helicopter crash outside Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

Leicester’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was reportedly on the helicopter at the time, along with four other people, including two pilots.

Witnesses said they saw the helicopter clear the stadium before it spiralled out of control and landed in a nearby car park. Footage and photos showed the fiery aftermath as emergency services reached the scene.

BT Sport were broadcasting live from the King Power Stadium at the time and showed the helicopter leaving the stadium.

Following an ad break, presenter Jake Humphrey broke the news that something terrible had just occurred. The condition of those onboard remains unconfirmed at the time of writing.

Many footballers and football clubs have taken to social media to pay their respects to those involved in the crash, along with their families.

For example, Gary Lineker - a Leicester City fan and host of Match of the Day - tweeted: “That was the most difficult @BBCMOTD I’ve ever hosted. Thoughts are with everyone at Leicester City. A terrible tragedy. Heartbreaking.”

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Neville accused of not paying respect to victims

Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, however, opted against acknowledging the tragedy with his first tweet on Sunday morning.

“Matchday and it’s United v Everton for me . 4pm @SkySportsPL . Enjoy ⚽️“ he tweeted.

This led to the following tweet from one of his followers: “Thought you would of shown your respects after last night, like many others have.”

Neville, obviously angry after being accused of not paying respect to the victims of a tragedy, couldn’t ignore the tweet and understandably hit back.

“I thought you would respect the fact that I don’t have to publicly tweet about things to show that I have sympathy with people who are suffering,” he tweeted.

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Everyone on Twitter is firmly behind Neville following his response.

Here are just a handful of the responses…

Just because Neville decided not to tweet about the tragedy, it doesn’t mean he’s not thinking about the victims and all those affected.

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If people choose to pay their respects via social media, that’s perfectly fine. But there should be no obligation on those who decide they’d rather stay quiet or talk about other things.

And those who don’t certainly shouldn’t be accused of not caring.

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