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Manchester United hero Gary Neville will not join the Labour Party, according to its leader Sir Kier Starmer. Neville, who is currently one of football’s most renowned pundits for Sky Sports, has been tipped to take up a role in politics after recently claiming he’d ‘tear Boris Johnson to shreds’ in a debate.
Sir Kier was quizzed by Nick Ferrari on LBC Radio on Monday morning about whether he wanted the former England right-back in his team.
But the Labour leader admitted the duo have never even talked about party policy.
“Look, that discussion is pure myth,” said Sir Kier. “I talked to Gary, he’s a very influential sports commentator.
“He’s really fantastic and he hits the nail on the head so many times so I’ve got great respect for him.
“Gary’s doing a brilliant job as he is. There hasn’t been a discussion with him or me about policy. I think he’s brilliant – he’s got an ability to just nail a point.
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“I remember with the suggested breakaway Super League he spoke for pretty well every football fan spontaneously in response to that absolutely on the money.”
Neville was a vocal detractor of the European Super League and played a significant role in helping get the project shelved after plans were announced earlier this year.
“Honestly, enough is enough,” Neville said. “I’m fuming with it and I get more fuming the more the days go on.
“In the midst of a pandemic, the proposals that should have been coming forward should have been about the correction of the game and sustainability.
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“This proposal could be the tipping point. These people are faceless. They’re the quiet power and it’s dangerous.”
According to the Daily Mail, Sir Kier has spoken to Neville via Zoom on at least two occasions.
There has even been talk that Neville could succeed Andy Burnham as mayor of Manchester if the former Cabinet minister returns to the Commons in an attempt to become the next Labour leader.
The Labour Party is thought to be against Neville becoming mayor even if he did take up a role, as it could lead the party to lose key votes from Liverpool and Leeds fans, who would be unlikely to vote for a player associated with the clubs’ arch-rivals.
Neville is a keen Labour supporter and posted on Twitter on the day of the 2019 general election to give the party his backing.
He has also slammed Labour, however, for failing to demand greater economic support for people during the lockdowns.
Meanwhile, the former Man Utd defender has criticised the government in the past for comments made by both prime minister Boris Johnson and home secretary Priti Patel.
Last month, he also labelled the Prime Minister a ‘spaghetti Bolognese of a man’. Neville said: “He is a bit of a spaghetti Bolognese of a man. He looks scruffy, each of his sentences and speeches are almost like a strand of spaghetti – you have no idea where it starts, and you certainly have no idea where they end.
“And yet he is popular. If you look at a menu, and you have a waiter or a waitress over your shoulder asking you to make a choice and you have to make a panicky decision, you end up going for your spaghetti Bolognese.
“We need a better alternative to the spaghetti Bolognese.”
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