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David Beckham’s “status as a gay icon will be shredded” Joe Lycett, a British comedian, said that the ambassador for Qatar World Cup will continue to be the ex-england captain and Manchester United star.
In a video posted on Twitter, Lycett, a British comedian who describes himself as queer on his website, said he would donate £10,000 ($11,000) to charities supporting “queer people in football” You can also throw the money in the shredder. “Beckham’s reputation as a gay icon” If the former footballer didn’t cut ties to Qatar.
Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has recently told The Sunday Review that the 2022 World Cup will “be an inclusive, safe tournament” It was “everyone is welcome, regardless of race, background, religion, gender, orientation or nationality.”
World football governing body FIFA referred The Sunday Review to the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for all comment relating to Lycett’s criticism of Beckham and Qatar.
Beckham declined to respond to criticisms surrounding his ambassadorship when he was contacted by The Sunday Review via his representatives.
The Sunday Review contacted the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for comment but has not received a response.
“Homosexuality is illegal, punishable by imprisonment and, if you’re Muslim, possibly even death,” said Lycett in an Instagram post.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), in a report published in October, documented cases of sexual harassment and beatings. Human Rights Watch has interviewed transgender victims and found that security forces forced them to attend conversion therapy sessions at a government-funded behavioral healthcare center.
“Qatari authorities need to end impunity for violence against LGBT people. The world is watching,” Rasha Younes, Human Rights Watch
The Sunday Review was told by a Qatari official, that HRW allegations were false. “contain information that is categorically and unequivocally false.”
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Lycett however is aiming for Beckham.
“You’re the first Premiership footballer to do shoots with gay magazines like Attitude, to speak openly about your gay fans,” Lycett said.
“Now, it’s 2022. And you signed a reported £10 million ($11.7 million) deal with Qatar to be their ambassador during the FIFA World Cup.”
Qatari law makes homosexuality illegal and can lead to up to three years imprisonment.
Lycett claimed that Beckham had “always talked about the power of football as a force for good” He encouraged him and his family to use their platform to support LGBTQ rights.
“If you do not, by midday next Sunday [November 20, 2022], I will throw this money into a shredder just before the opening ceremony of the World Cup and stream it live on a website I’ve registered called benderslikebeckham.com.”
Lycett isn’t the only one to criticize Beckham’s ambassadorship. The Sunday Review Sport’s Josh Cavallo, a player for Adelaide United, said that he would rather see Beckham use his platform in support of the LGBTQ community than promoting Qatari politics.
“If someone like David Beckham with his platform does get around us and becomes an ally that we are wanting him to be, it is really helpful.
“If he could take that next step and show what he means to the LGBTQ community, that would be fantastic.”
HRW recently also highlighted “arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment” Qatari LGBTQ People
“There are just a few days until the World Cup kickoff, but that’s plenty of time for the Qatari government to end ill-treatment of LGBT people,” In a November press release, HRW stated.
“Qatari authorities should publicly condemn violence against LGBT people and formally recognize that having same-sex sexual attraction is not a mental health condition.”