Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher mocked Boris Johnson after it emerged the Prime Minister attended at least one party at No10 while Britain was in lockdown in 2020.
A total of 13 parties – most of them held in Downing Street – have been disclosed over the last couple of months. They were reportedly held at a time when socialising indoor was banned and Johnson was present at some of them.
The scandal has engulfed Johnson and the Conservative Party, forcing the Prime Minister to issue an unprecedented apology to the Queen over the events, some of which were held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.
Gary Neville has been a vocal critic of Boris Johnson and the Conservative government
Speaking ahead of Brighton’s game with Crystal Palace on Friday night, both Neville and Carragher seized the opportunity to stick the boot into Johnson.
‘It is a peculiar rivalry, but to be fair we get these Friday night football matches, we were at the Brentford one last time it was absolutely fantastic,’ Neville quipped.
‘We always seem to just get a massive party.’
Carragher’s response was similarly pointed.
Jamie Carragher also stuck the boot into the Prime Minister for attending parties in lockdown
‘Let’s be straight tonight though this is not a party this is about work,’ he said, referencing Johnson’s admission he had indeed attended a party but only because he thought it was a work event.
‘If you speak to Graham Potter, Patrick Vieira, those 22 players on the pitch – they have got to know the difference between work and a party and if they get that wrong and think they are in party mode, they are going to be in big, big trouble.’
Neville and Friday Night Football host Dave Jones struggled to keep a straight face following Carragher’s comments, with Jones joking that it ‘feels like a political broadcast’.
The remark was swiftly followed by Neville quipping that ‘Sue Gray will decide that’, in reference to the civil servant in charge of investigating the allegations.
The political cameo ended with Carragher concluding: ‘We’re watching you Prime Minister.’
Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Johnson apologised for attending the party.
Johnson was forced to apologise to the Queen on Friday for attending the events
‘I want to apologise,’ he said.
‘I know that millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices over the last 18 months.
‘When I went into that garden just after six on 20 May 2020, to thank groups of staff before going back into my office 25 minutes later to continue working, I believed implicitly that this was a work event.
‘With hindsight I should have sent everyone back inside. I should have found some other way to thank them.’