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Gary Neville Comes Under Heavy Criticism For Pandering To Qatari State TV

Gary Neville Comes Under Heavy Criticism For Pandering To Qatari State TV
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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The World Cup only kicked off today, but Gary Neville is already coming under scrutiny for comments he has made about the tournament in Qatar.

The Englishman is in the country for the tournament, acting as a pundit with ITV as he has done for the last number of major tournaments. However, he has also accepted a role with beIN SPORTS, the Qatari state broadcaster.

There should be no issue with pundits travelling to Qatar to cover the tournament. They are well within in their rights to do and many have said that they will use the opportunity to discuss the various human rights issues that are plaguing the gulf nation.

In saying that, taking money directly from Qatar is an altogether different matter.

Neville claimed he would use the opportunity to speak about about the issues in the country, but his hypocrisy was brilliantly called out on the BBC in recent times.


Having now made his debut on the broadcaster, you suspect that we will not see many mentions of those issues.

Gary Neville criticised for beIN SPORTS appearance

Far from using the opportunity to discuss human rights issues in Qatar, Neville seemed to pander to the country while appearing on their national broadcaster.


He said that it was only right that the World Cup be held in the nation, also skirting around the subject of the profound labour issues in Qatar. He did briefly say that a discussion should be had surrounding the problems in the country and went on to say that the same must be done in England.

If you're from England, you're not quite going to think the same as you will over here in Qatar. I think that's the reality of it.

The workers who built these stadiums do need thanking and honouring in the right way. The football is here, it's the greatest sports tournament in the world.

There should be a World Cup in an Arab country, there should be a World Cup in a muslim country, there should be a World Cup in the Middle East. That's a fact.

In football we should also challenge and scrutinise the things that go on in every country that is playing, including ours and including Qatar.

Neville did heavily criticise FIFA and Gianni Infantino after his speech yesterday, although this seemingly was not welcomed by the Qatari broadcaster. They have since deleted the tweet with those comments and will likely be having a word in his ear about any further comments of that nature.



Unsurprisingly, the former Manchester United has come in for plenty of criticism for his comments.

It will be interesting to see if he changes his tune when appearing on British television.

SEE ALSO: Roy Keane Was Not Happy About Gary Neville's Saipan Question

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