David Beckham is set to be unveiled as the face of the Qatar World Cup in multi-million pound deal despite concerns over human rights abuses
David Beckham is set to be unveiled as the face of the controversial Qatar World Cup, netting the superstar £150million.
The former England captain, 46, ignored criticism of the Arab country’s human rights record to sign a £15million-a-year deal for the next ten years to become its ambassador, The Sun reported.
He flew into Doha this month where he met dignitaries was given a tour of the new stadiums built for the 2022 World Cup which has attracted global criticism.
David Beckham is set to be unveiled as the face of the controversial Qatar World Cup, netting the superstar £150million
The tournament, which will be the first ever held in winter, has been mired in controversy since its beginnings after allegations of corruption during the bidding process.
Since then, the Arab country has been accused of using forced labour to construct stadiums which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of migrant workers, critics say.
The tournament has also faced scrutiny for Qatar’s attitude towards women and gay people, which has led to many fans calling for boycotts.
But Beckham has been assured supporters will be safe despite homosexuality being illegal.
A source said: ‘David believes in Qatar’s commitment to progress and that the World Cup — the first to be held in the Arab world — can effect significant positive change.
‘He strongly believes in the power of football to bridge differences but, crucially, has seen the progress on issues that matter.’