Gary Neville cleared by Ofcom over Qatar World Cup remarks

Ofcom won’t be punishing Gary Neville for comparing the treatment of nurses in the UK to that of migrant workers in Qatar.

The football pundit made the comments on ITV during the World Cup as he reflected on Qatar facing heavy criticism over working conditions which saw a number of people die on construction projects for the tournament.

‘We should detest low pay, we should detest poor accommodation and working conditions,’ he said. ‘We can never accept that in this region or any other region – and it is just worth mentioning we’ve got a government in our country that are demonising rail workers, ambulance workers and terrifyingly nurses.

‘We can’t have people being paid an absolute pittance to work, we can’t have people in accommodation that is unsavoury and disgusting.

‘It shouldn’t happen here [in Qatar] … with the wealth that exists. But it shouldn’t happen with the nurses in our country either where our nurses are having to fight for an extra pound or two pounds.’

Hundreds of people complained to Ofcom about the comments, with the watchdog noting that 705 got in touch to register their displeasure.

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