HARRY Redknapp has called Gary Neville a “hypocrite” as he described his rants about strikes as “utterly ridiculous”.
The former Manchester United star has come under fire after sparking a political rant about Britain’s crippling strikes during ITV’s latest World Cup coverage.
Former West Ham manager Redknapp admitted on Monday night that he found Neville’s comments comparing striking nurses in the UK to migrant workers in Qatar “utterly ridiculous”.
Speaking to Jeremy Kyle on TalkTV, Redknapp agreed it was “hypocritical” of Neville to make the comments after he landed a huge payday covering the World Cup in Qatar.
Redknapp said: “How can you compare what’s going on out there with what’s going on with train drivers and nurses.
“We want nurses to get more money, of course we do, they are fantastic.
“But you can’t compare the two situations. It’s completely ridiculous.”
Thousands of migrant workers have reportedly died in Qatar’s construction industry since they were awarded the 2010 World Cup.
Concerns have also been raised over the rights of fans traveling to the event – particularly LGBT+ people and women, who face discrimination by rights groups under Qatari law.
But ahead of Argentina-France’s opener, Labor member Neville, 47, compared human rights abuses in the Arab country to strikes in Britain.
It has sparked more than 440 complaints to media watchdog Ofcom.
He said: “The kafala labor system, which obviously came up for discussion through football and has now been removed here in Qatar, but it is abhorrent and we should abhor low wages, we should abhor poor housing and poor working conditions.
“We can never accept that in this region or any other, and it is only worth noting that in our country we have a current government that demonizes railroad workers, ambulances and, frighteningly, nurses.
“In our country we have to address workers’ rights, but when it comes to football we have to address workers’ rights everywhere because people have to be equal and treated equally.
“We cannot allow people to be paid an absolute pittance for work, we cannot have people in shelters that are unsavory and disgusting. That shouldn’t happen here.
“That shouldn’t happen here with the wealth that’s available.
“But neither should it happen to the nurses in our country where our nurses are struggling for an extra pound or two.”
Fans rushed to social media to blast his claims.
One was furious: “Had to change the World Cup early because of Gary Neville’s rant about the government.
“A champagne socialist talking about the World Cup. He considers himself a third-rate politician.”
Another said: “Switched to BBC despite wanting to see Keane.
“You have Neville forgetting the estimated 6,500 migrant deaths equating this to strikes in the UK.”
The ex-football ace has since been blasted by some former employees at his Hotel Football in Manchester, who say they have been “overworked and underrated”.
In a scathing review on job site Indeed, one worker said: “If you love being overworked and underappreciated, then you’ve found yourself calling.
“Usually understaffed and overworked. Training courses are not available.
“Always work beyond my contracted hours and never get paid for overtime. I was told to take my time instead, but that’s impossible if they don’t have staff to cover that.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6950926/redknapp-hypocrite-gary-neville-strike-rant/ Garry Neville’s strike rant during the World Cup was completely ridiculous and hypocritical, Harry Redknapp tells TalkTV