The former Manchester United ace is reportedly making £15 million a year as an ambassador for the nation and the upcoming World Cup.
In the promotional video he encourages people to visit ‘this incredible place on a stop-over’, however, this has been met with backlash from fans due to the country’s strict human rights laws.
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One person commented: “Dear Mr Beckham, How perfect is it if my daughter wants to visit on her own? Or my political post friend, who is gay? Or someone who needs medical opioids to control pain? Or who is an evangelical Jew? Or a poor person?”
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“Becks describes Qatar as ‘perfection’ a country where being gay is illegal, women need permission from men to marry, study, travel, and can’t be the primary guardians of their OWN kids. Not forgetting the 6.5k people who’ve died building the stadiums. Yeah, sounds absolutely divine,” replied another user.
A third person blasted Beckham for his involvement in the famous tournament happening at the end of this year by writing: “You killed tens of thousands of people building single-use stadiums and ruthlessly persecute your own citizens, a washed-up icon who was good at free kicks 20 years ago isn’t going to cut it.”
Someone else criticised the former England captain for promoting a country that has harsh LGBT laws, with one fan commenting: “Beckham the hypocrite – promoting gay rights then this! Morals easily bought.”
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Despite the World Cup going ahead later this year, many players and coaches have spoken against, such as German international Toni Kroos saying on his podcast: “It’s wrong that the World Cup was awarded to Qatar”.
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