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17th Oct 2022

Judge Rinder slams David Beckham for putting ‘money before morals’ over Qatar World Cup

Charlie Herbert

Judge Rinder slams David Beckham for putting 'money before morals' over Qatar World Cup

He also labelled the decision to hold the tournament in Qatar as a ‘disgrace’

Judge Rinder has accused David Beckham of “putting money before morals” after the former footballer struck a £10 million deal to promote the Qatar World Cup.

Last year, Beckham agreed a deal to become an ambassador for Qatar which will see him become the face of the 2022 World Cup.

Beckham has reportedly been paid £10 million by the Qatari government to be the face of the tournament.

Alongside his ambassadorial duties for the World Cup, the deal will see him promote the tourism and culture of the country for the next decade.

Many have criticised the footballing legend for the deal though, highlighting Qatar’s human rights record and its draconian laws against women and homesexuality.

Earlier this year, Beckham was accused of hypocrisy for supporting gay footballer Jake Daniels while still accepting money from a country where gay people can face the death penalty under Sharia law.

Rinder said he doesn’t think hosting the World Cup will lead to Qatar changing its attitudes or laws to women or gay people (Getty)

Good Morning Britain presenter Robert Rinder, has become the latest person to criticise Beckham, saying that he had put “money before morals.”

He also slammed the decision to hold the major tournament in the oppressive Middle East nation as a “disgrace.”

The TV personality, who is himself openly gay, mentioned Qatar’s oppressive laws against women and gay people and its treatment of migrant construction workers, thousands of whom have died while the stadiums for the tournament were being built.

He pointed out that Beckham’s 11-year-old daughter Harper would not be allowed to continue her education without the permission of a male relative.

Beckham appeared in his first advert promoting Qatar as “perfection” last month

Rinder told the Mail on Sunday: “There should be basic requirements before you are entitled to [host] them, and that’s not just about LGBTQ.

“It’s about the 6,500 workers who died, it’s about the fact that Beckham’s daughter Harper would not be able to continue with her education [if she was Qatari] without the permission of a male relative.

“It is tragic that we are about to have the World Cup in Qatar. We need to do the best, all of us, to highlight all of the issues I’m talking about.”

He added: “We can’t bury our heads in the sand. You know this is about money, not about the purity or love of the game. What a tragic moment that is.’’

Rinder said that he did not believe Qatar would improve or change its laws or attitudes after staging the World Cup.

Using the example of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, he said that we “know from history” this doesn’t happen.

Last month, Beckham was criticised on social media after appearing in his first advert promoting Qatar, in which he claimed the country is “perfection”.

He also recently praised the timing of the World Cup, suggesting it would actually improve England’s chances at the tournament.

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