Celebrities speaking out against Qatar World Cup, from Joe Lycett to Dua Lipa

Joe Lycet

oe Lycett has urged David Beckham to step down from his role as ambassador to Qatar during the World Cup.

In a video posted to Twitter, Lycett tells the footballer that he thinks he’s a gay icon.

He says: “You were the first Premiership footballer to do shoots with gay magazines like Attitude, to be open about your gay fans and you married a Spice Girl, which is the gayest thing a person can do.”

He then urges Beckham to walk away from his reported £10m deal with the country. As a result, Lycett says he will be donating £10,000 to charities supporting queer people in football.

However, if Beckham continues to work with Qatar, Lycett said he will throw the money in a shredder.

The comedian said: “However, if you don’t, I’m going to throw that money in a shredder next Sunday midday just before the World Cup opening ceremony and stream it live on a site I’ve registered called BendersLike Beckham.com.

“It’s your choice. I look forward to hearing from you.”

His words come after gay footballer Josh Cavallo spoke out against Beckham at the Attitude Awards.


Joe Lycet

Harry Kane

England captain Harry Kane has chosen to wear the OneLove armband throughout the tournament in Qatar.

It comes as the England squad flew into the nation yesterday on a Virgin Atlantic plane dubbed the ‘Rain Bow’, which featured a cartoon character with a union flag wearing rainbow-hued trainers.

Other team captains from countries will also wear the OneLove bracelet including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Wales.

The OneLove campaign will “use the power of football to promote inclusion and send a message against discrimination of any kind, while the eyes of the world are on the global game”.

“As captains, we may all compete against each other on the pitch, but we stand together against any form of discrimination,” Kane said.

“Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message as the world watches.”


England captain Harry Kane wears a One Love LGBT captain’s armband

Melanie C

Joe Lycett isn’t the only celeb questioning Beckham’s role in the World Cup.

The footballer’s wife’s bandmate, Melanie C, told the Not My Bagg podcast: “It’s difficult. David is a friend and everyone has to make their own decisions.

“I understand that people want to talk about the fact that sport can change culture, but when it’s about so much money it’s difficult.”

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa denied rumors she would be performing at the World Cup and smashed the country’s human rights record.

The “Don’t Start Now” singer said in a statement: “I will not be performing and have never been involved in negotiations to perform. I’ll be cheering for England from afar.

“I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup.”

Rod Stewart

Singer Rod Stewart revealed he had turned down around £845,000 to perform in Qatar in 2021.

Speaking of the World Cup, Stewart said, “I was actually offered a lot of money, over $1 million, to play there 15 months ago.

“I turned it down. It’s not right to walk And the Iranians should also be out supplying arms.”

Jan Hislop

Journalist Ian Hislop called broadcaster Gary Neville about his work as a commentator in Qatar during the World Cup.

Speaking on an episode of Have I Got News For You, Neville defended his decision to work in Qatar, saying: “My view has always been that you either highlight and talk about the issues and challenges in those countries, or you basically do it Not. Don’t say anything and stay at home and don’t go.”

Hislop hit back, saying: “There is another option. They stay at home and point out the grievances. You don’t have to go and take the Qataris’ money. It’s just not a very good defense.”

Beth Met

England and Arsenal striker Beth Mead told BBC Radio 4 that Qatar’s ban on homosexuality is “the complete opposite of what I believe and respect”.

Mead, who is in a relationship with Arsenal team-mate Vivianne Miedema, added: “It’s disappointing in the sense that even though it’s a football game, there’s a lack of respect on many levels.

“Although I cheer for the guys who are going to play football there, I thought from the minute it was announced it wasn’t the best idea.”

Josh Cavallo

Australian footballer Josh Cavallo came out as gay last year, becoming the first known top male footballer in the world to do so.

He has expressed his concerns about Qatar, telling The Guardian: “I read something along those lines [they] imposing the death penalty on gay people in Qatar, so I’m very scared of that [of] and wouldn’t really want to go to Qatar for that.”

Richard Madeley

As a guest on “Have I got News For You”, the broadcaster criticized celebrities like Robbie Williams for their appearances or their participation in the World Cup in Qatar.

“It’s amazing and it’s all about money and you have mainline celebrities going there for huge checks. You have people like Robbie [Williams] go out to sing,” Madeley said.

“What I have to say is that I am very surprised given all the comments Robbie Williams has made about gay rights in the past. The fact that he goes out to sing is extraordinary. I don’t know what happened to the people.”


Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker

The Match-of-the-Day presenter, who has spoken out against Qatar’s record on human and LGBT+ rights, still goes to the World Cup as an expert.

However, before the World Cup in Qatar he had a “somewhat uneasy feeling”.

“The human rights, the deaths building the stadiums, the homophobia in their laws, none of it is right,” Lineker told inews.

“But this is not an isolated case, it has happened before. They go back to 1934 when Mussolini tried to use the World Cup to promote fascism. I remember the military junta of 1978, which was awful and was a horrible setting for this World Cup.”

He continued: “What makes this one different from the others is that we know it’s corrupt, it’s now been proven. Most of the Fifa committee are either in prison, banned from football or fined. But we stick with it and the new Fifa incumbents – although they could make mistakes – I don’t think they are corrupt.

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