Joe Lycett has apparently shredded £10,000 over David Beckham’s role as Qatar’s World Cup ambassador



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A British comedian appeared to shred £10,000 ($11,000) in a video after failing to get a response from David Beckham over his controversial role as a Qatar World Cup ambassador.

On Sunday, Joe Lycett began tweeting an hourly countdown to his UK noon deadline (7am ET). At 12:00 GMT he posted a video of himself shredding the money on www.benderslikebeckham.com, a website to which Lycett had tweeted links.

He later posted it on his social media accounts with the caption “a platform for progress”, likely a reference to a statement made by the soccer star in a pre-recorded message to Qatar’s Supreme Committee’s Generation Amazing youth festival in Doha, where he used those words to describe this year’s World Cup.

On November 13, Lycett, who describes himself as queer on his website, posted a video on Twitter saying he would donate £10,000 to charities supporting “queer people in football” or put the money through the shredder, along with ” Beckham’s reputation as a gay icon,” if the former England captain had not severed ties with Qatar within the week. Homosexuality in Qatar is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison.

Beckham did not respond and, in the video posted to his Twitter feed on Sunday, Lycett appears to have put wads of money into an industrial shredder while wearing a rainbow-colored top.

Former England player David Beckham (L) and HE Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad AL-Thani, president of Qatar Olympic (R), pose for a photo in November 21, 2021.

He then winked at the camera and walked away. The comedian did not immediately respond to CNN when asked to confirm whether he shredded real money.

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy recently told CNN that the 2022 World Cup “will be an inclusive, safe tournament” and said “everyone is welcome, regardless of race, background, religion, gender, orientation or nationality.” ”

Earlier this week, world soccer governing body FIFA referred CNN to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for all comments related to Lycett’s criticism of Beckham and Qatar.

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Contacted by his representatives by CNN on November 14, Beckham declined to comment on the criticism surrounding his ambassadorship. CNN reached out to his representatives after Lycett appeared to shred money, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.

“Qatar dreamed of taking the World Cup to a place it had never been before, but that just achieving things on the pitch would not be enough,” Beckham said at the youth festival. “The field will be a platform for progress.

“Dreams can come true. That’s why you’re here. You share Generation Amazing’s twin passions for the game of soccer and making the world a more tolerant and inclusive place.”

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report published in October documented alleged cases of beatings and sexual harassment during detention. 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 the impunity for violence against LGBT people. The world is watching,” said Rasha Younes of Human Rights Watch.

A Qatari official told CNN that the HRW allegations “contain information that is categorically and unequivocally false”.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar starts on Sunday.

However, Lycett took aim at Beckham.

“You are the first Premiership footballer to do interviews with gay magazines like Attitude, to talk openly about your gay fans,” Lycett said in last week’s video message.

“Now it’s 2022. And you’ve signed a reported £10 million deal with Qatar to be their ambassador during the FIFA World Cup.”

“If you don’t, by noon next Sunday 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 registered called benderslikebeckham.com.”

Lycett is not the first person or group to criticize Beckham for his ambassadorship.

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 instead of promoting the Qatari government.

“When someone like David Beckham comes around us with his platform and becomes an ally that we want him to be, that’s really helpful.

“If he can take that next step and show what he means to the LGBTQ community, that would be fantastic.”



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