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‘What a Sell out’- Twitter fumes at David Beckham for calling Qatar “a perfection” despite its poor human rights record and archaic views on homsexuality

FIFA World Cup 2022 is scheduled to start on 20th November.

David Beckham

One of the biggest sporting events, the FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be held in Qatar this year. The upcoming extravaganza however has been marred in controversy ever since the announcement was made way back on December 2, 2010.

The awarding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar raised a number of concerns about sustainability and the fairness of FIFA in the bidding process. The biggest issue however came in terms of human rights violations by the Qatar government.

There have been numerous reports of mistreatment of migrant workers who were hired to build the infrastructure for the World Cup. Reports of workers working on unpaid wages are plenty, along with deaths, that were swept under the carpet.

Amnesty International, an international non-governmental organisation focused on human rights, released a report about the condition of migrant workers in Qatar in November 2013. This report essentially described the workers’ conditions as “slaves”.

The Qatar government said that between 2014 and 2020 there were 37 deaths among workers at World Cup Stadium construction sites, but only three were “work-related”. Other reports have refuted this claim and believe that number to be much higher; around 6000!

Qatar has since then tried to polish its image and keep the bad news behind the curtains. A major tool for the good PR about Qatar has been their promotional video about the country featuring legendary footballer David Beckham. The promo video launched today shows Beckham gushing about Qatar and claiming the Middle Eastern country to be “perfection”. Beckham is seen sailing the boat, riding a motorbike and interacting with the locals in the glossy new video. David Beckham has signed a £10m deal to be the face of the Islamic nation and this video is a major part of it.

Twitter however did not fall for the PR video about calling a nation where homosexuality is illegal, and women have to seek approval from men, “perfection”. Many on Twitter accused the former England footballer of “selling his soul” and “doing it for the money”.

Let’s take a look at how Twitter reacted to the new Promo video from Qatar featuring David Beckham. 


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