Beckham is under pressure about his million-dollar deal to promote the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
David Beckham is under pressure, among other things, over his multimillion-pound deal to promote the 2022 World Cup as Qatar pundit takes to the skies over gay rights
- David Beckham is under even more pressure over his multimillion-dollar deal to promote the 2022 World Cup
- It’s after homosexuality was described as ‘against human nature’ on a Qatari TV channel run by a close friend
- Football expert Mohamed Aboutrika, a former Egyptian international, launched the offensive rant on beIN Sports
David Beckham is under further pressure over his multi-million dollar deal to promote the 2022 World Cup after homosexuality was described as ‘against human nature’ on a Qatari TV channel run by a close friend.
Football expert Mohamed Aboutrika, a former Egyptian international, launched the offensive rant on beIN Sports last week. He also criticized the Premier League’s Rainbow Laces campaign to support the LGBTQ+ community and called on Muslim players to boycott it.
Aboutrika said ‘such a phenomenon does not suit our faith and it does not fit our religion’, adding that it is ‘not only against the nature of Islam, but also against human nature’.
David Beckham braces for backlash as he promotes Qatar and next year’s World Cup at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Doha tomorrow
The father of four has been criticized by human rights groups after signing the ambassadorial agreement with the authoritarian state, which bans homosexuality and severely restricts women’s rights (Pictured: Beckham at Sunday’s Doha Grand Prix with (front left) Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali Group, (left) FIFA President Gianni Infantino and (front right) Nasser Al-Khelaifi
He added: ‘They will tell you that homosexuality is human rights. No, it’s not human rights – it’s even against humanity.’ He was not challenged on his views and will not be disciplined or fired.
His outburst comes amid growing international concern over Qatar’s track record of persecuting gay men and denying certain basic rights to women.
While the Premier League chiefs promptly released a statement saying they “strongly disagree with the expert’s opinion”, Beckham – who is paid more than £10million by the Qatari government to serve as ambassador for the tournament – refused. to act – to comment.
Mohamed Aboutrika said ‘such a phenomenon does not fit with our faith and it does not fit with our religion’, adding that it ‘is not only against the nature of Islam, but also against human nature’
He added: ‘They will tell you that homosexuality is human rights. No, it’s not human rights – it’s even against humanity.’ He was not challenged on his views and will not be disciplined or fired
His good friend Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who brokered his deal with Qatar, is the chairman of beIN Sports. The channel, which is actually run by the Qatari state, also has exclusive rights to next year’s World Cup.
Beckham, 46, appeared on beIN Sports in 2019 where he spoke of his fondness for the Gulf state and said it has a “great culture”. He was also silent when asked how his claims that Qatar has changed its ways hold up given Aboutrika’s undisputed words.
BeIN has declined to criticize Aboutrika, but said, “As a global media group, we represent and support people, causes and interests from every background, language and cultural heritage.”
The Mail on Sunday revealed last February that Beckham had signed the controversial deal – and that his team was so concerned about a reaction that they initially tried to keep it a secret.
But last week, nine months into our story, Beckham publicly acknowledged the deal by posting a video of himself promoting the World Cup on his Facebook page. The next day, he posted his support on Instagram for his friend Sir Elton John’s AIDS Foundation, writing that the charity is “committed to ending discrimination.”
It is clear that England players will have to decide in crucial discussions early next year whether they will protest against Qatar’s human rights record.
The talks will take place in March at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, as the squad prepare for the final. Gareth Southgate’s players are briefed by outside speakers. Reports yesterday showed that the football association has approached Amnesty International to address the players.
The charity previously condemned Beckham for signing his deal, saying: “It is not surprising that David Beckham wants to be involved in such a major football event, but we would urge him to learn more about the deeply worrying human rights situation in Qatar and be willing to speak out about it.’