Richard Keys slams Alan Shearer following his comments about migrant workers

Richard Keys has taken a swipe at Alan Shearer after the former Premier League striker urged FIFA to "compensate" the migrant workers who helped build Qatar's World Cup infrastructure.

Thousands are believed to have died constructing the stadiums, and although Qatar claim the death toll is actually in the single digits, western media outlets spent much of the tournament highlighting concerns over human rights abuses in the country.

Shearer, who was one of the BBC's lead pundits out in Qatar, insisted after the World Cup that "we must remember the blood, sweat and tears" of the migrant workers who helped build the showpiece event, prompting a blunt response from Keys on Twitter.

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"Oh dear @alanshearer," the former Sky Sports presenter wrote. "Why didn’t you mention the things that bothered you in the near decade you worked for [Qatar-based] Al Jazeera & beINSPORTS?

"Be sure you have words with the current Newcastle Utd owners about the same issues eh?"

Reaction to Keys' tweet was mixed. Many Twitter users felt the 65-year-old had no right to take the moral high-ground given his own historic indiscretions, with one person commenting: "Richard, when it comes to morals you lost all right to comment on anyone else a long time ago."

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Another wrote: "Richard Keys lecturing somebody on morals, wonderful stuff."

Others, however, agreed with his tweet, with one writing: "Don't agree with you often but I do here. Shearer is a complete hypocrite with all this. Celebrates his clubs owners as heroes. They're every bit as bad if not worse than the Qataris."

"Keys has no right to take the moral high road, but neither does Shearer. The fact that he happily worked for Qatari companies and now says nothing about Newcastle getting bought by Saudis tells you everything you need to know about his morals," a second said.

The Saudi Arabian royal family own an 80% stake in Newcastle following their £300m takeover last year. Shearer, who has largely remained silent on the controversy, addressed the situation publicly for the first time last month.

He said that while he hopes "the Saudis and other countries" are "held to account over human rights", he appeared to defend his decision not to speak out by saying, "we don’t get to choose who invests in our football clubs".


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