David Beckham has said that he understands there are “different and strong views about engagement in the Middle East” after being criticized by comedian Joe Lycett.
A spokesman for the 47-year-old former player, who has reached an agreement with World Cup hosts Qatar, said he considers the debate on “key issues” to have been “stimulated” by the competition being held in London. the country is “positive”.
In a special edition of Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, which aired on Channel 4 on Thursday, Lycett, 34, read the full statement: “David has participated in several World Cups and national tournaments. other big economy as a player. and an ambassador and he has always believed that sport has the power to be a force for good in the world.
“Football, the most popular sport globally, really has the power to bring people together and make a real contribution to the community.
“We understand that there are differing and strong views on engagement in the Middle East but see it as a positive that the debate on key issues has been directly stimulated by the first World Cup being held. held in this area.
“We hope that these conversations will lead to greater understanding and empathy for all, and that progress will be made.”
Last month, in a video posted on social media, Lycett gave Beckham an ultimatum after it was reported that he had signed a £10 million contract with the FIFA World Cup host team.
The comics demand that Beckham end his contract with Qatar before the opening ceremony of the World Cup or else he will spend £10,000 of his own money.
Lycett later released a video in which he said Beckham didn’t respond and appeared to let him shred the cash but he eventually revealed it was a hoax and he donated. This money goes to LGBTQ+ charities.
Elsewhere in Joe Lycett Vs David Beckham: A Got Your Back Special, the comedian spoke to Naser Mohamed, who claims to be the first and only openly gay Qatari.
Mohamed told Lycett: “I was cut off by my family and some of the friends I have can’t openly be my friends.”
He added: “I know that LGBT issues in Qatar are terrible, I know they are life-threatening.”
He also announced that he had Beckham’s Instagram account locked after he “tagged him” in a post to say “here’s what’s happening” regarding his anti-LGBTQ+ stance. of Qatar.
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On the show, Lycett also took aim at McDonald’s and Budweiser, both of which have sponsored the tournament, but said they declined to comment.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/david-beckham-responds-to-criticism-from-comedian-joe-lycett-42223241.html David Beckham responds to criticism from comedian Joe Lycett