British comedian Joe Lysette said on Sunday that David Beckham’s status as a “gay icon will be torn apart” if the former England captain and Manchester United star continues in his role as World Cup ambassador to Qatar.
in Video posted on TwitterLycett, a British comedian who describes himself as an eccentric on his website, said he would donate £10,000 ($11,000) to charities that support ‘gay people in football’ or put money in a shredder along with Beckham’s reputation as a gay icon” if the former footballer did not cut ties with Qatar.
Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy recently told CNN that the 2022 World Cup will be an “inclusive and safe tournament” and said, “Everyone is welcome, regardless of race, background, religion, gender, orientation or nationality.”
FIFA has referred CNN to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for all comments regarding Lysette’s criticism of Beckham and Qatar.
Beckham, contacted by CNN through his representatives, declined to comment on criticism about his tenure as ambassador.
CNN contacted the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for comment but did not receive a response.
Lycett said in Share on Instagram.
A Human Rights Watch report published in October documented alleged cases of beatings and sexual harassment. According to victims interviewed by Human Rights Watch, security forces allegedly forced transgender women to attend conversion therapy sessions at a government-sponsored behavioral health care center.
Qatari authorities must end impunity for violence against LGBT people. “The world is watching,” said Rasha Younes of Human Rights Watch.
A Qatari official told CNN that Human Rights Watch’s allegations “contain categorically and unequivocally false information.”
The world’s only gay professional soccer player is concerned about the LGBTQ community ahead of Qatar 2022
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But Lisette is targeting Beckham.
“You are the first Premier League footballer to do footage with gay magazines like Attitude, to speak openly about your gay fans,” Lycett said.
“Now, we’re in 2022. She has reportedly signed a £10m ($11.7m) deal with Qatar to be its ambassador during the FIFA World Cup.”
Under Qatari law, homosexuality is illegal and is punishable by up to three years in prison.
Lysette said Beckham “always talked about the power of football as a force for good” and encouraged him to use his platform to advocate for LGBT rights.
“If you don’t, by noon next Sunday [November 20, 2022]I’m going to throw that money into the shredder right before the World Cup Opening Ceremony and stream it live on a website I’ve signed up for as benderslikebeckham.com.”
Lysette is not the first person or group to criticize Beckham for his presidency as ambassador. Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo, who came out as gay last year, told CNN Sport he would like to see Beckham use his platform to support the LGBTQ community rather than promote the Qatari government.
“If someone like David Beckham has his platform around us and he becomes the ally we want him to be, that really helps.
“If he can take the next step and show what he means to the LGBTQ community, that would be great.”
Human Rights Watch also recently highlighted the “arbitrary arrests and mistreatment” of LGBT people in Qatar.
“There are only a few days left until the World Cup kicks off, but this is plenty of time for the Qatari government to end the mistreatment of LGBT people,” Human Rights Watch said in a November press release.
“The Qatari authorities should publicly condemn violence against homosexuals and formally recognize that homosexual attraction is not a mental health condition.”