Will Young calls out ‘greedy’ David Beckham over Qatar deal
Joe Lycett shreds £10,000 following David Beckham ultimatum
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Will Young is the latest celebrity to call out David Beckham over his involvement with Qatar. The 43-year-old singer has pushed for the former England captain to take action after he signed a controversial deal with the Fifa World Cup hosts.
The location for this year’s tournament has caused controversy as homosexuality is illegal out there.
Anyone found participating in same-sex sexual activity can be punished with up to seven years in prison.
David is said to be a part of a £150m 10-year deal with Qatar and was pictured in the crowd supporting England this week.
Taking to his Instagram page today, Pop Idol winner Will told fans he is “disappointed” in David.
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As part of a lengthy post, he urged the father-of-four to make an annual financial donation to help LGBTQIA+ charities in Qatar.
In view of his 132,000 followers, he wrote: “Qatar is of course not the only country in the world with appalling records on human rights.
“The argument that sport is not political is duplicitous and two-faced.
“What is undoubtedly clear however is a star like you David Beckham who I once sang for (not for any money I hasten to add) at your birthday has disappointed me more than I can say.
“Our paths crossed a fair few times due to being with 19 Management and you were always friendly and generous. People do things for money, we all know that.
“Here is what irks me the most – not a WHISPER from yourself David to show solidarity, not a WHISPER from yourself to show support for the practical massacre of migrant workers, not a WHISPER David to help LGBTQIA+ communities living under constant danger.
“The decision to take the alleged £150 million over 15 years is greedy enough, the burying of your head in the sand from you, your team and your advisers is repellent and cowardice personified.
“So here is what I suggest if you won’t change your mind: give £1 million to LGBTQIA+ charities in Qatar every year that you get your £10 million a year.”
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He went on to question whether something could be “salvaged” from what he described as an “odius deal”.
“Perhaps those funds can help provide much-needed safety to those living in terror whilst your posters smile down on the people of Qatar,” he continued.
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for David for comment.
The former player has spoken out about his controversial involvement with Qatar.
He said: “Qatar dreamed of bringing the World Cup to a place that it had never been before, but that it wouldn’t be enough just to achieve things on the pitch.
“The pitch would be a platform for progress.”
He added at a youth festival in Doha: “Dreams can come true. That is why you are here.
“You share Generation Amazing’s twin passions for the game of football and for making the world a more tolerant and inclusive place.”
It comes after comedian Joe Lycett offered to donate £10,000 of his own money to LGBTQ+ charities if David ended the sponsorship before the tournament started.
If not, he said he would livestream himself shredding the money along with Beckham’s “status as gay icon”.
The 34-year-old appeared to stand by his decision in a video shared on the same day as the opening game, but later revealed he donated the money instead.
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