World Cup in Qatar: The singers and stars take a stand as the tournament unfolds

Dua Lipa is the latest artist to confirm she will not perform or participate in the World Cup in Qatar, which begins this Sunday.

ua issued a statement on Sunday confirming she would not be performing in Qatar after “a lot of speculation” the London native would be performing a concert there.

She joins a growing list of celebrities and sports stars to confirm they will not be attending the event in protest in the host Gulf state.

“There is currently a lot of speculation that I will perform at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar. I will not perform…nor was I ever involved in negotiations to perform,” Dua said, adding she will be “cheering for England from afar”.

“I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup,” she added.

It comes as Rod Stewart confirmed he turned down more than $1 million to play a gig in the country and even said Iran shouldn’t be allowed to take part after supplying arms to Russia.

“I was actually offered a lot of money, over $1 million, to play there 15 months ago,” he told the Sunday times.

“I turned it down. It’s not right to walk And the Iranians should also supply weapons,” he said in the interview published yesterday.

Qatar has been criticized around the world for its stance on LGBTQ rights and the abuse of migrant workers – who have reportedly died as many as 6,500 while building the infrastructure to host the tournament since Qatar won the order in 2010.

FIFA has been condemned in recent days for issuing a letter to all 32 participating teams, urging players to “let the football on the stage” and not focus on political issues at the tournament.

Both Wales and England have pledged to wear rainbow armbands during the Games as a show of solidarity with the LGBTQ community.

Germany world champion captain Philip Lahm confirmed he will not be attending the event in any capacity beyond the host country’s record on rights, as banners calling for the event to be boycotted have become a fixture in recent weeks have become in Bundesliga games.

Comedian Joe Lycett also gave David Beckham a unique ultimatum.

Beckham has reportedly signed a £10m deal to act as an ambassador for the World Cup and Lycett has asked him to return the money or risk losing his status as a ‘gay icon’.

Lycett set up a website called “benderslikebeckham” and said Beckham is a “gay icon” because he was the first footballer to do gay magazine photoshoots and married a Spice Girl, “which is the most gay thing a person can be.” can do”.

He urged the former player to back out of the deal and if he does so, Lycett will donate £10,000 to charities working on LGBTQ rights in football.

If not, Lycett said he will shred the money in a live stream on his newly created website just before the start of the tournament’s opening ceremony on Sunday noon.

“Not only is the money being shredded, but your reputation as a gay icon is being shredded,” Lycett said in a video posted to social media on Monday.

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