David Beckham sparks controversy after comments on Qatar ahead of 2022 World Cup

David Beckham sparks controversy after comments on Qatar ahead of 2022 World Cup

David Beckham drew heavy criticism on Thursday by promoting Qatar in an advertising campaign for the emirate which will host the 2022 World Cup from November 20. “It’s perfection to meproclaims the ex-English international, about this country, in videos for Qatar tourism. It’s an amazing place to spend a few days. Can’t wait to take my kids there“.

Since it was appointed in 2010 to organize the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has been the subject of particular attention from human rights organizations, in particular on the working conditions of workers or the situation of sexual minorities. According to the British press, this campaign brought in 10 million pounds (11.5 million euros) for David Beckham. The English star has been the subject of strong criticism on social networks, in particular from Internet users deploring the fate reserved for the LGBT community in Qatar.

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The NGO Amnesty International condemned this campaign, highlighting the “the country’s appalling human rights record“.”David Beckham’s global fame and status is gold for Qatar’s image, but he should use that image to call Ia FIFA and the Qatari authorities to address the horrific abuses faced by tens of thousands of migrant workers during the construction“World Cup infrastructure,” said Felix Jakens, one of Amnesty’s UK officials.

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