BeIN Sports announces an all-star cast of pundits including Gary Neville, John Terry, Kaka and Arsene Wenger for the World Cup…
- beIN SPORTS has unveiled their all-star pundit lineup for the 2022 World Cup
- Gary Neville, John Terry and Arsene Wenger are all part of their coverage
- Ex-Spain star David Villa, as well as Ruud Gullit and Lothar Matthaus are involved
Ex-England stars Gary Neville and John Terry will lead a star-studded expert team for beIN SPORTS at the World Cup in Qatar – with 2,000 international caps shared by the broadcaster’s all-star panel.
But the broadcaster has been criticized for choosing former Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika for his strong views on homosexuality.
A clip of Aboutrika, expected to appear only in their Middle East and North Africa (MENA) coverage on beIN, showed him that homosexuality is against human nature.
He then criticized the Premier League for its Rainbow Laces campaign – where players change their laces between November 27 and December 2 to show support for the LGBTQ community.
Neville and Terry form an expert lineup, much like a starting XI, and are part of a defense that also includes ex-Chelsea star Marcel Desailly and former Tunisia international Karim Haggui.
Former Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel will become the regular goalkeeper expert.
The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner and the 2002 World Cup winner, Kaka is one of the stars in the midfield, including Ruud Gullit, Lothar Matthaus and Jason McAteer.
Ex-Spain star David Villa and Argentinian icon Gabriel Batistuta are among the strikers signing up for beIN’s punditry team.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, a staple of beIN’s coverage of the Premier League, will provide a management perspective, with Ghana assistant coach George Boateng also registered for the tournament.
Richard Keys and Andy Gray, infamous for Sky, are among the presenters involved.
Neville, in particular, has been criticized for his decision to partner with beIN SPORTS for the tournament, where he will also work for ITV.
Speaking to Sportsmail, he defended his choice, saying that during beIN SPORTS’ coverage he will have no problem expressing his opinion on difficult issues.
“If I emphasize these issues, I can do so from a position where if I play eight games on beIN in a World Cup, and those issues come up or there’s an incident outside the stadium, I’ll highlight them, as I will on ITV, as I will on my own channels. I will never shy away from it,” he said.
“With the biggest show on Earth in just weeks, beIN SPORTS is pleased to have brought together the largest and most diverse broadcast team ever, which will proudly present the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in 25 countries around the world,” Mohammed Al -Bader, Managing Director of beIN’s MENA channels (Middle East and North Africa).
Other pundits include former England international Lianne Sanderson and ex-Italian star Alessandro del Piero.
Former US internationals Jermaine Jones and Christopher Sullivan are involved, as is former Canadian women’s midfielder Kaylyn Kyle.
The World Cup starts on November 20 and host Qatar takes on Ecuador in Group A.
All 64 matches will be shown on seven beIN SPORTS channels and there will also be a dedicated 24-hour channel for coverage of the World Cup.