David Beckham, a former player for England and Manchester United, is one of the prominent ambassadors for the Qatar World Cup, but LGBT+ and human rights organizations have criticized his participation.
The World Cup will serve as a platform for “development, inclusivity, and tolerance,” David Beckham has said in defense of his position as ambassador for Qatar.
On a rumored £150 million, ten-year contract, Beckham was spotted in a video at a Doha youth event. “Today is your day to dream,” he urged the crowd. In the lead-up to this World Cup, the subject of workers’ and LGBT+ rights is still present.
However, Beckham noted that Qatar’s ambition was to host the World Cup in a location where it had never been before and that success on the field alone would not be sufficient. The pitch would serve as a base for advancement.
Dreams are real, he continued. You are here because of that. You belong to Generation
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With Di Cunningham, co-founder of the Three Lions Pride organization, claiming that Beckham should no longer be regarded as a great ally due to his paid ambassador status, Beckham has come under increasing fire from LGBT+ groups.
Beckham claimed that Qatar and its ambassadors were improving people’s lives. He remarked, “Every single one of the great players I was fortunate enough to play with started precisely the same way. “With just a ball and an imagination that they dared to let run wild, in a back garden, park, or a street outside their home.
Almost two decades ago, a small group of football lovers from Qatar had an equally fantastic dream: that they could bring the greatest football show on earth to their home country and to the Middle East for the very first time. And now we are here.
Because when dreams are harnessed and mixed with dedication and hard work, they are no longer dreams, they become reality. I want to say to all of you, ‘today is your day to dream’. Because there are no limits to what you and your teammates can achieve in our beautiful game.”
The Mirror told earlier this year how Beckham had been chosen as the face of a new multi-million pound Qatar 2022 tourism drive, with a trip lined up to the five-star resort ‘Banana Island’.
The breathtaking sanctuary and spa includes magnificent ‘floating rooms’ on stilts above the sea. They come with their own infinity pool and villa host to prepare food and cater to your every need.
And the star, nicknamed Goldenballs, will be able to relax on the ‘desert island paradise’ which gets its name because it bends like one of his famous free kicks.