David Beckham has received huge backlash after reportedly agreeing a controversial £150million deal to become the face of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The former England football star will become an ambassador for the country over the next decade and will promote its tourism and culture as part of the deal.
The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder has close ties with Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain, with whom Beckham ended his career in 2013.
But the 46-year-old has been criticised for taking on the role. Qatar has come under scrutiny for its human rights record, especially towards the LGBT community and towards women.
According to the Guardian, 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since they were awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010.
“David has always talked about the power of football as a force for good on many levels,” a spokesperson for Beckham told the Sun, who broke the news of the deal.
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