Ian Hislop rightly pointed out the flawed logic behind Gary Neville’s decision to commentate on the World Cup for beIN Sports (operated by Qatari media group beIN) on Have I Got News For You.
The editor of Private Eye magazine noted that the former Manchester United footballer could still criticize human rights abuses in Qatar from home without receiving a single penny from Qataris.
We can appreciate that the former defender has not given this much thought and came with the best of intentions, although it is a point that should be extended beyond him to other celebrities who actually traveled to Qatar and helped aid the regime in laundering sports.
You can watch the clip below, courtesy of the BBC:
A very awkward moment for Gary Neville on #HIGNFY as Ian Hislop points out that he could criticize Qatari human rights from home without taking their money.
[Via BBC] pic.twitter.com/t81zrpUhOy
— Connor Andrews (@ConnorAndrewsTS) November 4, 2022