Joe Lycett Offers ‘Gay Icon’ David Beckham Ultimatum Over His Controversial Qatar World Cup Deal

The former England captain has faced a backlash after accepting a big money deal to be an ambassador for the host country where homosexuality is illegal.

Joe Lycett has offered David Beckham an ultimatum over the footballer’s heavily criticised multi-million pound World Cup deal with Qatar.

The former England captain has faced a backlash after accepting a reported £10m to be an ambassador for the host country where homosexuality is illegal, despite previously being an outspoken ally of the LGBTQ+ community.

In an Instagram video shared on Sunday, Joe said he will give £10,000 to charities that support gay people in football if Beckham pulls out of his World Cup deal – and if he doesn’t, the comic said he will shred the money instead.

In the clip, Joe is seen sat at a desk with £10,000 in cash in front of him, and said: “This is a message to David Beckham. I consider you, along with Kim Woodburn and Monty Don, to be a gay icon.

“You’re the first premiership footballer to do shoots with gay magazines like Attitude, to speak openly about your gay fans, and you married a Spice Girl, which is the gayest thing a human being can do.

“But now it’s 2022,” Joe continued. “And you signed a reported £10m deal with Qatar to be their ambassador during the FIFA World Cup.

“Qatar was voted as one of the worst places in the world to be gay. Homosexuality is illegal, punishable by imprisonment and, if you’re Muslim, possibly even death.”

Joe went on to tell the sports star that, as he had “always talked about the power of football as a force for good”, he had decided to give Beckham “a choice”.

He said: “If you end your relationship with Qatar, I’ll donate this £10,000 of my own money, as a grand for every million you’re reportedly getting, to charities that support queer people in football.

“However, if you do not, by midday next Sunday [20 November] I will throw this money into a shredder just before the opening ceremony of the World Cup and stream it live on a website I’ve registered called”

He continued: “Not just the money, but also your status as a gay icon will be shredded. You’ll be forcing me to commit a crime.

“Although, even then, I reckon I get off more lightly than I would if I got caught whacking off a lad in Doha.

“The choice is yours. I look forward to hearing from you.”

Reps for David Beckham had no comment to make when contacted by HuffPost UK.

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Earlier this year, Beckham was accused of “stamping out hope” for the LGBTQ+ community in Qatar by accepting the offer to be an ambassador.

The comment was made by Dr Nas Mohamed, who earlier this year became the first Qatari to publicly out himself as gay.

Dr Mohamed wrote an open letter to the former England captain claiming, among other things, that the star was guilty of “taking money and looking the other way” because of his promotional work for Doha. He also urged the star to use his “voice” and to “not be silent towards injustice”.


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