You can’t compare positions!

‘You can’t compare situations’: Harry Redknapp has slammed Gary Neville in the critic’s comparison of striking UK railway staff, nurses and ambulance drivers to Qatari migrant workers…

  • Harry Redknapp has criticized Gary Neville for his rants about the UK government
  • He said the conditions for the nurses are similar to those faced by expatriate Qatari workers
  • Neville also claimed that British ministers were “demonizing” public servants
  • Redknapp argued that the rant was “utterly ridiculous” from the former player

Harry Redknapp has blasted Gary Neville after his rants comparing striking workers in the UK to migrant workers in Qatar.

The football expert launched the bizarre attack during ITV’s coverage of the World Cup final, saying British ministers were “demonizing” public sector employees.

Neville came under fire from politicians, fans and now former managers as Redknapp implicated himself claiming that Neville’s rant was ‘completely ridiculous’.

Harry Redknapp has slammed Gary Neville for speaking last on air during the World Cup final

Redknapp interviewed Jeremy Kyle on TalkTV where he made the comments about Neville

Redknapp interviewed Jeremy Kyle on TalkTV where he made the comments about Neville

Gary Neville spoke about working conditions while working for ITV ahead of the World Cup Final

Gary Neville spoke about working conditions while working for ITV ahead of the World Cup Final

Neville first sparked controversy after he said on air: ‘We must hate low wages, we must hate housing and poor working conditions.

We could never accept that in this or any other region – and it is worth noting that we have a government in our country that horribly denigrates railway workers, ambulance workers and nurses.

We can’t get a pittance to work, we can’t have people in loathsome and disgusting accommodations.

This should not happen here [in Qatar] …with existing wealth. But it shouldn’t happen with the nurses in our country either as our nurses have to fight for an extra pound or two.

The former full-back has been vocal in his protests against Qatar throughout the World Cup

The former full-back has been vocal in his protests against Qatar throughout the World Cup

Talking to Jeremy Kyle on TalkTV, Redknapp agreed it was “hypocritical” for Neville to make the comments after covering the World Cup in Qatar and insisted it was not fair to make his comparisons.

‘How do you compare what’s going on there with what’s going on with the train drivers and the nurses?’ said Redknapp.

We want to see nurses make more money, of course we do, they’re awesome.

But you cannot compare the two cases. It’s totally ridiculous.

Along with Redknapp, ex-politicians have also been implicated to attack Neville for his on-air comments.

Redknapp claimed that Neville's rant was

Redknapp claimed Neville’s rant was ‘absolutely ridiculous’ when he was recently interviewed

Neville said the government demonized railroad and ambulance workers and terrorized nurses

The World Cup in Qatar has come under scrutiny over the treatment of migrant workers recently

The World Cup in Qatar has come under scrutiny over the treatment of migrant workers recently

Former Conservative leader Sir Ian Duncan Smith said ITV should have removed Neville, a Labor member. He added: “People have been killed on construction sites and things all over Qatar and paid a pittance, and he compares that to the UK? It’s unbelievable.

To compare a country that denigrates gay rights, extorts and brings in migrant workers by truckload and pays them a pittance to a democratic country that has the concept of human rights and the rule of law and everything that goes with it — it’s an affront to its position.”

‘It’s a classic case of another champagne socialist with more money than is reasonable,’ Anderson, the Conservative MP for Ashfield, told me. ITV should sack him.

He added on Twitter: “Another political party broadcast by a millionaire. Looks like ITV is on my banned list right now. Talk about football Gary and keep your nose out of politics. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

Neville said conditions for British workers were similar to those faced by foreign workers in Qatar

Neville said conditions for British workers were similar to those faced by foreign workers in Qatar

Neville, who played for Manchester United and England, made his comments in response to teammate Roy Keane who said the World Cup was tainted with corruption.

The Gulf state has come under fire over alleged exploitative employment practices and the number of deaths on construction projects.

The former ITV right-back worked as a commentator and analyst throughout the World Cup in Qatar.


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