Gary Neville has insisted that he not feel conflicted by his role working for the Qatari-funded broadcaster BeIN Sports and took aim at Prince William and members of parliament for perceived hypocrisy in their views on the country. The former Manchester United captain was criticized for accepting money from Qatar to appear on the channel during the World Cup despite criticizing Qatar’s human rights record.
Qatar has been criticized by human rights groups for its treatment of the LGBTQ+ community, women and migrant workers, among other groups. But Neville claims he has ‘long’ relationships in the Middle East and believes the area is entitled to host a World Cup.
“I don’t feel conflicted. I have been coming to the Middle East and Southeast Asia for 20 years. I have had trade and business dealings with these parts for a long, long time,” said Neville while working as an expert at ITV.
“The fact that FIFA has awarded a World Cup has come under intense scrutiny, I accept that position, I am there to get shot and people have criticized me a lot.
“People have criticized our colleagues at the BBC for coming here, but the reality is that my point of view is simply that I hate human rights abuses, I hate the idea of not paying people enough money, people who works in bad conditions, the idea that people do not have good living conditions.
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“The fact that the rights of women are not respected and the abuses against human rights [happen], I can not stand it. I also have relationships in this part of the world and have for many years. Those relationships are long-standing in the UK, if you think we buy most of our energy in the Middle East, they own our banks, the royal family have both sporting and charitable relationships.
“If you think our government, our political parties have relations with the Middle East, they own Heathrow airport, the stock exchange. The fact is that soccer has brought scrutiny and soccer tournaments have brought scrutiny to this part of the world and the challenges that exist in this part of the world and these things happen. I am happy that football is facing him”.
Neville then took aim at Prince William, who has said he will not go to Qatar despite being president of the Football Association. His father, King Charles III, recently received £2.6 million in charitable donations from a senior Qatari politician, according to the guardian.
“If Prince William doesn’t want to come to this tournament but is okay with not coming to the tournament but is okay with his father accepting charitable donations, that’s fine. If MPs don’t want to come but are happy to get money from them in our country for their political parties, that’s fine with me, but I see it as footballers and ex-footballers who are being criticized,” Neville added.
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“From my point of view, football should stand up, footballers should stand up, there is another issue with the OneLove bracelet, the political and social issues that I am delighted to talk about, there is a conversation that needs to be had because My point is always, should there be a World Cup in all parts of the world? Should there be a World Cup in the Middle East? Should there be a World Cup in the Arab countries? There almost definitely should be.
“If we’re going to do that, we’re going to meet some countries in these parts of the world, but can’t we just enjoy a sports tournament and come and challenge the system here, but bring football to different parts of the world? world, trying to move things forward.
“I will continue to come to this part of the world and I will continue to go to Southeast Asia. Things like our energy sector, our air force, our banks, our political parties, seem to want to get away from their relations with this part of the world, but football will be scrutinized and sanctioned.
In his debut appearance on BeIN Sports on Sunday, Neville took aim at FIFA president Gianni Infantino over a bizarre speech made by the FIFA boss. The announcer appeared to remove Neville’s takedown later that day.
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