At some point soon football punditry is going to need to return to being about football. Thats not to say these guys shouldnt speak on certain issues, they can talk about what they like, but there are countless platforms to do so. Social media, newspapers, shit they can run for office if they like. But the average fan tuning in doesn't care about guys like Lineker and Neville's political leanings, and this isn't just due to Qatar issue. Just do the punditry and stop elevating yourselves to some higher status or level of influence. Again, I make this point on a broader level than Qatar issue which naturally arose during this tournament, but there's an arrogance to it really. Retired footballers and millionaires using their small time slot of prematch, midmatch and postmatch to impart their politics as if we should care to listen. Same goes for producers and their choice of pundits.
I know countless people now who just keep the volume off until the match starts, I do it myself too sometimes.