Joe Lycett has referred to as out David Beckham for accepting cash from Qatar and becoming a member of the World Cup as an official ambassador.
Lycett urged Beckham to finish his rumoured £10 million deal ($AU 17m) with Qatar which has seen him star in ads spruiking the nation.
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Qatar’s human rights document has come below rising scrutiny because the World Cup attracts nearer with a Qatari ambassador lately calling homosexuality a “injury within the thoughts”.
Homosexuality within the Gulf state is unlawful and is punishable by imprisonment.
Lycett referred to as out Beckham in a video uploaded to social media the place he questioned the ‘homosexual icon’ for accepting cash from Qatar.
“It is a message to David Beckham. I contemplate you, together with Kim Woodburn and Monty Don, to be a homosexual icon,” Lycett says.
“You have been the primary premiership footballer to do shoots with homosexual magazines like Perspective, to talk overtly about your homosexual followers, and also you married a Spice Lady, which is the gayest factor a human being can do.
“However now it’s 2022, and also you’ve signed a reported 10 million pound cope with Qatar to be their ambassador in the course of the FIFA World Cup.
“Qatar was voted as one of many worst locations on the planet to be homosexual; homosexuality is unlawful punishable by imprisonment and, if you happen to’re Muslim, probably even loss of life.”
“You’ve at all times talked concerning the energy of soccer as a pressure for good, which suggests to me you’ve by no means seen West Brom however usually I agree.
“So with that in thoughts I’m providing you with a selection.
“In the event you finish your relationship with Qatar, I’ll donate this 10 grand of my very own cash as a grand for each million you’re reportedly getting, to charities that help queer folks in soccer,” Lycett mentioned within the video.
“Nonetheless, if you don’t, by noon subsequent Sunday, I’ll throw this cash right into a shredder simply earlier than the opening ceremony of the World Cup and stream it dwell on an internet site I’ve registered referred to as benderslikebeckham.com.
“Not simply the cash, but in addition your standing as a homosexual icon will probably be shredded, you’ll be forcing me to commit a criminal offense.”
Lycett’s video nonetheless attracted widespread outrage from his followers who criticised him for threatening to shred the cash.
His followers have been fast to level out the cash ought to be used for charity as a substitute of being wasted.
“Please don’t shred the cash. That’s a lifeline to a small charity,” one consumer wrote.
One other responded: “May you embody a clause that the £10k might really go to a trigger as a substitute of being wasted? Hundreds obtainable. Or perhaps to Beckham’s pet hate. However not completely wasted.”
One fan responded to his video with: “For the love of Christ, Joe, don’t ACTUALLY waste that actually life-changing amount of cash for the sake of naming and shaming a celeb footballer.”
Music icon Dua Lipa shut down rumours linking her to a World Cup efficiency by declaring she wouldn’t be venturing to Qatar due to their human rights document.
“There may be at present lots of hypothesis that I will probably be performing on the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar.
“I can’t be performing and nor have I ever been concerned in any negotiation to carry out.
“I will probably be cheering England on from afar and I look ahead to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all of the human rights pledges it made when it gained the suitable to host the World Cup.
“One love, Dua x.”
Lycett’s ultimatum to Beckham will finish forward of the opening recreation between Qatar and Ecuador on Monday morning at 3am (AEDT).