An MP has branded a Westminster colleague a ‘massive bedwetter’ for criticizing Gary Neville’s ‘party politics show’ ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final.
The former Manchester United defender has come under fire after he appeared to compare the plight of workers involved in the World Cup in Qatar with the problems faced by NHS nurses.
He said such conditions should not be accepted in Qatar or any region, then accused British ministers of “demonizing” railway workers and nurses.
He added that British nurses – who are going on strike – have been paid “a pittance”.
Amid widespread anger from some Tories, Lee Anderson – the MP for Ashfield – tweeted: “Another political party broadcast by a millionaire. Looks like ITV is on my banned list, now.
“Talk about football Gary and keep your nose out of politics. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Independent MP Neil Coyle replied: “I thought he wasn’t watching England anymore after they took the knee? What a huge wetter bed.”
Coyle was a former Labor MP until he was suspended by the party in February this year amid allegations he made racist comments.
The MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark has apologized and been banned from all bars in the Parliamentary Estate following comments he allegedly made to Insider journalist Henry Dyer.
In 2020 he was forced to apologize for a series of offensive tweets in which he described Brexiteers as “sh*tbag, racist w*ankers”.
He made the comments after wading into a row over the BBC’s decision to only play instrumental versions of Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory.
Anderson, who said last year he would boycott England games after the team made the ‘political’ decision to take a knee against racism, was not Neville’s only critic after his Sunday comments.
Rishi Sunak also suggested that the expert should not discuss politics.
Responding to Neville’s comments, the Prime Minister said: “I think when most people watch Gary Neville they want to hear about football and watch football. They don’t want to discuss politics.”
Senior Curator Simon Clarke tweeted: “It’s beyond ridiculous that Gary Neville has carte blanche at ITV Sport to openly politicize a major sporting event.
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“Besides every nurse receiving a £1,400 pay rise, comparing workers’ rights in Qatar with those in the UK is ludicrous.”
Responding on Twitter, Neville – who has described himself as a Labor supporter and appeared at their party’s conference in September – described the Tories as ‘the biggest bunch of quacks to ever be in power’.
Qatar has come under scrutiny for its treatment of the tens and thousands of migrant workers employed to build stadiums and hotels ahead of the World Cup.
Discussing the country’s treatment of workers, Neville said: “It’s abhorrent and we should hate low pay, hate low pay, poor housing and poor working conditions.
“That’s something we can never accept in this region or any region.
“It is worth mentioning that we have a current government in our country, which demonizes railway workers, paramedics and, terrifyingly, nurses.
“So in our country we have to look at workers’ rights, but certainly where football is going now, we have to take up workers’ rights everywhere we go because people have to be treated as equals.
“We can’t have people being paid a pittance to work, we can’t have people in disreputable, disgusting accommodation, we can’t have that. That shouldn’t happen with the wealth that exists and it shouldn’t not happen in our country that our nurses have to fight for an extra pound or two.”