TOP STORIES - Amnesty to Beckham: talk on Qatar human rights abuse

27.10.2021 01:10 of D.B. TransferMarketWeb   see readings
TOP STORIES - Amnesty to Beckham: talk on Qatar human rights abuse
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Beckham, a former Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain footballer, is said to have secured a rich deal to become an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar.

Amnesty International's Sacha Deshmukh told BBC Sport:

“Qatar’s human rights record is troubling, from the country’s longstanding mistreatment of migrant workers, to its curbs on free speech and the criminalisation of same-sex relations.

“It’s not surprising that David Beckham wants to be involved in such a major football event, but we would urge him to learn about the deeply concerning human rights situation in Qatar and be prepared to speak out about it.”

Beckham's representative told the BBC that he has witnessed Qatar's enthusiasm for football while playing for the Qatar-owned PSG and visiting the country frequently over the last decade. They went on to say that the 46-year-old thought the World Cup would be a positive factor in the region.