Football great Craig Foster claims David Beckham has “irreparably damaged” his reputation by working as Qatar’s ambassador… and CRITICIZES Gianni Infantino for NOT being willing to defend FIFA’s human rights policy: “It’s absolutely disgraceful”
Craig Foster has criticized David Beckham for “irreparably damaging” his legacy by choosing to be ambassador for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The former Socceroos legend also reserved scathing words for Gianni Infantino, accusing the FIFA president of being unwilling to uphold the body’s human rights code and trying to deflect criticism.
The World Cup begins on Sunday amid serious concerns about the Arab nation’s human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers, with thousands of people believed to have died during the construction of stadiums for the tournament.
David Beckham has signed a 10-year, $246 million contract to promote Qatar and the World Cup
Qatar’s discrimination against the LGBTIQ community and women has also been repeatedly highlighted in the run-up to the tournament.
Beckham has reportedly signed a 10-year deal to promote the World Cup and Qatar, a decision Foster believes may have terminally tarnished his profile.
“I think he already has,” Foster said. The Channel 10 TV Project on Sunday morning, when asked if Beckham’s reputation would suffer from his decision to act as ambassador for the World Cup hosts.
“What we imagine of David Beckham has been irreparably damaged. […] He was seen as a gay icon and that became part of his brand and now, rightfully so, the LGBTIQ community around the world feels that maybe that was just part of his brand and not authentic.
The former England captain has been criticized by soccer fans for taking money from a country that has abused migrant workers and outlawed homosexuality.
Former Socceroos captain Craig Foster has added his voice to the chorus of criticism
“Because now being able to promote Qatar and openly say that it’s a fantastic place to come without mentioning the criminalization and oppression of the LBGTIQ community, that’s clearly contrary to all the statements he’s made in the last 20 years.”
Foster noted that Beckham was not alone among ex-footballers who “rushed to Qatar to be paid a considerable amount of money and to keep quiet” and insisted that the ex-players were not serving the sport well as an upholder of justice. Social.
Foster, one of Australia’s most renowned and respected soccer experts, is a human rights activist and said he hoped Beckham would continue to use his platform to speak out.
“He has such an incredibly powerful brand that he is in a position where he can make a positive change,” he said.
‘It would be wonderful if he admits his mistake and turns around and starts talking about his [the LGBTIQ community] benefit.’
A Beckham spokeswoman told NewsCorp: “David has always talked about the power of football as a force for good on many levels.”
FIFA President Gianni Infantino held a rare press conference on Saturday morning.
Infantino spoke for an hour before answering questions from the media at his press conference.
Foster was equally dismissive of Infantino, calling the FIFA president’s speech on Saturday “one of the strangest tirades” that contained “horrendous comments.”
The FIFA president lashed out at criticism of Qatar from Europe on the eve of the World Cup, even comparing his own experience as a redheaded boy to that of gay and disabled people in a bizarre 57-minute news conference.
“Combining his experience in a private school in Switzerland with the oppression and criminalization of the LGBTIQ community and the thousands of deaths of migrant workers is absolutely shameful,” Foster said.
Foster, a commentator for Stan Sport, acknowledged that there was a “measure of bias” in the criticism of Qatar by the world’s media. However, he cautioned that Infantino’s tirade was just an attempt to avoid accountability.
Infantino said that if Europe “really cared” about migrant workers, it would do what Qatar did by creating “legal channels” for them to enter.
“There has been immense damage here that people are rightfully outraged about and what Infantino is doing just deviates from the fact that a lot of the criticism has been against him and it has been against FIFA,” he said.
‘And so, by trying to divert everything about the Qatari government, he [Infantino] he is just trying to avoid his own responsibility.
‘The worst thing in the end is that he keeps talking about morality. […] It has a human rights policy that it has to defend. […] The most disappointing thing here is that while FIFA has its own human rights policy, the FIFA president clearly doesn’t understand it.
“And to the small extent that he does, he’s not willing to keep it and he certainly doesn’t want to be held accountable and that’s deeply disappointing.”