Ex-footballer Neville Southall boycotts Novara Media

Former Everton and Wales goalkeeper, Neville Southall, has declined to appear on a Novara Media podcast due to allegations that the site has given a platform to people accused of sexual assault.

Former Everton and Wales goalkeeper, Neville Southall, has declined to appear on a Novara Media podcast due to allegations that the site has given a platform to people accused of sexual assault.

Southall was invited in a tweet by Momentum activist, Max Shanley, who hosts the ‘All The Best’ podcast for Novara Media with Matt Zarb-Cousin, former spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn.

Southall initially appeared to have accepted the invitation. However, the retired footballer then made clear he wouldn’t appear on the podcast after several people replied with information about the ‘Boycott Novara’ protest.

Critics of Novara Media accuse the site of giving a platform to people known to be accused of sexual assault. Senior Editor, Aaron Bastani has also been accused of defending a group guilty of ‘gaslighting’ a survivor who was allegedly assaulted.

Boycott Novara gained attention in July when Bastani appeared on George Galloway’s radio show, and then denied knowledge of the former-Respect MP’s defence of Julian Assange.

After being notified of these allegations, Neville Southall tweeted that although he didn’t know any of the details of the claims, he trusted the woman making the allegations.

Bastani replied that he “wouldn’t make a goodpolitical conversation anyway.”

As The Red Roar reported earlier this week, Bastani has recently been offered a role at the centre-left think tank, IPPR.

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