Television football analyst Gary Neville sparked outrage by his opponents mocking the Conservative leadership, declaring: “The Conservatives are a cancer for Britain.”
The billionaire Labor supporter’s taunts on social media drew angry condemnation, and his words appalled many of his 5.4 million Twitter followers.
Neville, the former Manchester United and England player, ignited the controversy by commenting on an online post by Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg supporting Boris Johnson’s bid to return to Downing Street.
The billionaire Labor supporter’s mockery on social media drew angry condemnation, and his words appalled many of his 5.4 million followers on Twitter.
In response to Neville, farmer Andrew Jay said, “As someone with cancer, I find your choice of words disgusting.”
“For people who have lost loved ones, don’t compare this to cancer, please undo this,” David Reed added.
Businessman Paul Tavares said: ‘As someone who has lost many close family members to cancer, how dare you make such a comparison in the name of political point scoring? How dare you!’
Customs officer Adam Brooks, a member of the GB News panel, said: “Improper choice of words, no matter what you think about it. Sounds bad.”
Sky analyst Neville, who appeared alongside Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer at the party conference last month, faced a backlash earlier this month after declaring he was watching next month’s World Cup despite human rights concerns on beIN Sports. Owned by the State of Qatar, to join the country. .
Responding to the accusation of hypocrisy, Neville, who will also be part of the ITV team, insisted he would continue to highlight human rights concerns in Qatar.
In July, Neville revealed that he and co-analyst Jamie Carragher had often been in heated affairs with Ofcom and television chiefs for commenting on politics and deriding the Conservative Party.
He said comments about Party Gate during a match in February – that Crystal Palace and Brighton managers and players know the difference between a Friday night party and going to work – angered Sky executives.
“We get some real bullshit for that,” Neville said.
Neville ignited the controversy by commenting on an online post by Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured) supporting Boris Johnson’s attempt to return to Downing Street.
“We have about 1,000 complaints from Ofcom every week. When we mention politics, we usually get a call from the Sky hierarchy.”
At the Labor Party conference in Liverpool last month, Neville spoke to delegates about how there should be equal pay for men and women in sport. But in Qatar, women face enormous restrictions.
Neville rejected suggestions that he was a “smart leftist” and described himself as a “capitalist” and “a profit-loving entrepreneur”.
He invested in real estate in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crash and his business interests included hotels, restaurants, film production, and environmental programming.
Reports from last year revealed that his financial fortune amounted to £70m. Companies House records show that he was involved in 60 companies.
According to his LinkedIn profile, the co-owner of Salford City FC is “currently working on St Michael’s, a £200m development in Manchester city centre”.