MP calls out ‘hypocritical’ Gary Neville over ‘inappropriate’ political comments during World Cup

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“He bangs on about workers rights, he goes to Qatar, where they’ve probably got some of the worst rights in the world, takes God knows how much money to do with that, and he has the cheek to come on and slate our Government.”

Lee Anderson MP has shared his anger at Gary Neville’s “hypocritical” comments on workers’ rights at the Qatar World Cup final.

During ITV’s coverage of the football match, the pundit ranted about working conditions in Qatar amid continued controversy of FIFA’s decision to hold the World Cup there.

According to reports, the football pundit’s live ITV rant during the final of the World Cup sparked hundreds of complaints to media watchdog Ofcom. The regulator has said it is assessing Neville’s on-air statements “as a priority” as he potentially faces an investigation over whether he breached the broadcasting code.

Speaking to Bev Turner on GB News, MP Lee Anderson said:

“I’m pretty sure that when he was a professional footballer earning hundreds of thousands… millions of pounds a year playing for Manchester United and England. I’m pretty sure he never called out the low pay of staff at football grounds around the country, especially Old Trafford, where I believe at one time they were paying people for minimum wage or living wage, people living on the breadline.

“Escorting them into the grounds, doing all the jobs they do at football grounds. Not once has this virtue signalling ex-footballer called it out, never heard him at all.”

He added: “He bangs on about workers rights, he goes to Qatar, where they’ve probably got some of the worst rights in the world, takes God knows how much money to do with that, and he has the cheek to come on and slate our Government.

“The man’s an absolute idiot, he is a moron.

“He’s talking rubbish because he’s making the comparison between the cruelty and the harsh reality of migrant labourers in Qatar which, by the way, some have actually died in those stadiums.

“He’s been making thousands of pounds preaching his nonsense. He has the cheek and audacity to compare that with our public service workers. I think probably Gary, in his footballing career, has headed too many balls.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also waded into the debate yesterday saying the pundit should probably stick to football.

According to the Daily Mail the PM said: “I think when most people are tuning in to watch Gary Neville they want to hear about the football and watch the football. They don’t want to discuss politics.”

The PM’s official spokesman added that Neville’s comments were “clearly not legitimate or appropriate”.

Source: GB News

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