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Gary Neville has blasted the living conditions for workers at the Qatar World Cup

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Sep-25 15:25 first published at 15:25 PM


Gary Neville has slammed the working conditions at the Qatar World Cup. In a new Sky documentary, the Manchester United legend is shown being shocked by the conditions in which the workers who built the new stadiums for the tournament had to live. ‘It’s a portakabin with four curtains [sleeping areas] and two lockers on each side,’ Neville says in the show, which airs on Sunday. With the sacrifices they are making, this country’s wealth and level of accommodation for people. It’s simply inequity on a scale you’d never believe. It’s truly mind-boggling. This isn’t a house.” Gary Neville admits he would have ‘whacked’ Antony after his blunder against Arsenal. However, Amnesty International believes that the wretched conditions shown to Neville are only the tip of the iceberg, and that the true lives of workers behind Qatar’s 2022 building effort will never be sought by ‘visiting journalists [who] go looking for evidence.’ Neville has expressed his concerns about the wages workers receive, which are said to be £250 per month but have been reduced to a pittance of £50 per month due to the fact that they send so much to their families back home. Should England abstain from the World Cup? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Workers on the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Doha, Qatar, which will host the World Cup.

The sleeping conditions, according to Neville, were “staggering.”
(Photo: Getty Images)

“I find it uncomfortable because a bowl of pasta and a beer or coffee costs a week’s wages,” he says.

If it were my son, daughter, or brother, I would not want them in this situation. The disparity is one of the widest you’ll ever see, and there’s no need for it because this is one of the world’s wealthiest countries.” According to a Guardian report from last year, 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since 2010. In one case, Mohammad Shahid Miah, a 29-year-old Bangladeshi worker, died when water in his room came into contact with an exposed electric cable, electrocuting him.

The World Cup will be held in November (Getty Images).

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Meanwhile, despite Qatari laws prohibiting same-sex sexual activity, England captain Harry Kane will wear the LGBT flag armband at the tournament. When Neville questions Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee, he responds, “It’s important to highlight first whether it’s a gay couple or otherwise.” Our culture does not tolerate public displays of affection.” READ NEXT: The 10 worst VAR calls in Premier League history, following the West Ham and Newcastle debacles Antony, the new Manchester United hero, is pictured out on the town celebrating his goal and Arsenal’s victory. During the commentary, Arsenal legend Lee Dixon “outs himself as a climate change denier.”

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