Gary Neville uses ITV’s final coverage of the World Cup to try to highlight the British government for “demonizing railway workers and ambulances and terrorizing nurses”, after Roy Keane said the tournament was “tainted”
Gary Neville has criticized the British government’s stance on strikes in the country in the run-up to the World Cup final.
The decisive tournament concludes with the final between France and Argentina after 64 matches over the past four weeks in Qatar.
There has long been controversy over holding the World Cup in the Arab country for several reasons, including its treatment of migrant workers, the criminalization of homosexuality, and its poor human rights record.
Gary Neville has criticized the British government over ITV’s coverage of the World Cup final
And in the run-up to the final, and in a discussion on ITV about the tournament as a whole and the controversy that followed, Neville used it as an opportunity to highlight the British government and its response to the recent blows to the country.
Over recent weeks, the country has been hit by a wave of strikes, with workers across the transport network, the NHS and the civil service taking industrial action over persistent disputes over pay and working conditions.
‘The kafala labor system which obviously by football started talking and has now been removed here in Qatar but it is abhorrent and we must hate low wages, we must hate housing and poor working conditions,’ said Neville.
There have been several strikes in the UK over recent weeks, including by NHS workers
Neville said the government demonized railroad and ambulance workers and terrorized nurses
We can never accept that in this or any other region, and it is worth noting that we have a present government in our country that denigrates railway workers, ambulance workers, and nurses.
In our country we have to look at workers’ rights but when football goes we have to pick up workers’ rights wherever it goes because people should be equal and treated as equals.
We can’t get a pittance to work, we can’t have people in loathsome and disgusting accommodations. It shouldn’t happen here.
This should not happen here with the wealth that exists. But it shouldn’t happen with the nurses in our country either as our nurses have to fight for an extra pound or two.
Neville’s comments come after he caused controversy himself by agreeing to work as an analyst for beIN Sports during the World Cup – the sports network run by the Qatari state.
Besides his role on ITV, Neville has appeared in the channel’s match coverage.
This came despite the former Manchester United defender’s condemnation of the abhorrent ways in which migrant workers were treated in the Gulf country in a documentary entitled The countdown to Qatar that was broadcast before the tournament.
It’s unknown how much Neville, 47, has earned from his deal with beIN Sports, but insiders estimate it could be in the six figures.
Neville’s team mate Roy Keane has argued the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was ‘polluted’
When Qatar won the tournament, there were also allegations of corruption and bribery in the bidding process.
While FIFA cleared Qatar of the allegations of corruption after its own investigation, it did acknowledge “potentially problematic conduct of certain individuals” during the bidding process.
As the debate over Qatar continued in the studio, Neville’s colleague Roy Keane said that despite four enjoyable weeks of football on the pitch, the Qatar World Cup had been marred by the controversy surrounding it.
“This World Cup is stained,” he told studio ITV.
That’s the whole point. Football was great but football was always great because you have world class players but it’s tarnished.
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