A comedian reportedly shredded 10000 for David Beckhams role as

A comedian reportedly shredded £10,000 for David Beckham’s role as Qatar World Cup ambassador

(CNN) — A British comedian appeared to shred £10,000 (about $11,000) in a video after failing to hear back from David Beckham about his controversial role as Qatar’s World Cup ambassador.

Joe Lycett began tweeting an hourly countdown to the UK noon (7am ET) deadline on Sunday. At 12pm GMT, he posted a video of himself shredding the money on http://www.benderslikebeckham.com, a website Lycett had been tweeting links to.

He later posted it on his social media accounts with the caption “a platform for progress,” likely a reference to a statement made by the soccer star in a pre-recorded message at the Qatar Supreme Committee’s Generation Amazing youth festival in Doha. , where he used those words to describe this year’s World Cup.

On November 13, Lycett, who describes himself as queer on his website, posted a video on Twitter, saying he would donate £10,000 to charities that support “queer people in football” or spend the money for the shredder, along with “Beckham’s reputation as a gay icon”, if the former England captain did not cut ties with Qatar within a week. Homosexuality in Qatar is illegal and is punishable by up to three years in prison.

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Beckham did not respond and, in the video posted on his Twitter account On Sunday, Lycett appeared to be putting loads of money into an industrial shredder while wearing a rainbow-colored T-shirt.

He then bowed to the camera and walked away. The comedian did not immediately respond to CNN when asked to confirm whether he had shredded real money.

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy recently told CNN that the 2022 World Cup will be “a safe and inclusive tournament” and said that “everyone is welcome, regardless of race, origin, religion, gender, orientation or nationality.

Earlier this week, world soccer governing body FIFA referred CNN to the Supreme Committee on Delivery and Legacy for all comments related to Lycett’s criticism of Beckham and Qatar.

Former England player David Beckham (L) and HE Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad AL-Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Games (right), pose for a photograph on November 21, 2021. (Credit: Mohamed Farag/FIFA /Getty Images)

Beckham’s role as Qatar 2022 ambassador

When contacted by CNN on November 14 through his representatives, Beckham declined to comment on the criticism surrounding his ambassadorship. CNN reached out to his representatives after Lycett appeared to shred money, but did not hear back by press time.

“Qatar dreamed of taking the World Cup to a place it had never been before, but it wouldn’t be enough just to achieve things on the pitch,” Beckham said at the youth festival. “The court would be a platform for progress.

“Dreams can come true. That’s why you’re here. You share Generation Amazing’s twin passions for soccer and making the world a more tolerant and inclusive place,” added the former soccer player.

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report published in October this year documented alleged cases of beatings and sexual harassment in detention. According to victims interviewed by Human Rights Watch, security forces allegedly forced transgender women to attend conversion therapy sessions at a government-sponsored “behavioral health care” facility.

“The Qatari authorities must end impunity for violence against LGBT people. The world is watching,” said Rasha Younes of Human Rights Watch.

A Qatari official told CNN that HRW’s allegations “contain information that is categorically and unequivocally false.”

Lycett, however, took aim at Beckham.

“You are the first Premier League footballer to do photo shoots with gay magazines like Attitude, to speak openly about your gay fans,” Lycett said in last week’s video message.

“Now, it’s 2022. And you signed a £10 million contract with Qatar to be their ambassador during the FIFA World Cup,” he added.

“If you don’t, by noon next Sunday I’m going to throw this money into a shredder just before the World Cup opening ceremony and broadcast it live on a website I registered called benderslikebeckham.com.”

Joshua Cavallo of Adelaide United is the only openly gay footballer. (Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Lycett is not the first person or group to criticize Beckham for his ambassadorship.

Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo, who came out as gay last year, told CNN Sport that he would like to see Beckham use his platform to support the LGBTQ community rather than promote the Qatari government.

“If someone like David Beckham with his platform surpasses us and becomes the ally that we want him to be, it’s really helpful.

“If he could take the next step and show what it means to the LGBTQ community, that would be fantastic,” he added.

— CNN’s Zayn Nabbi and Sammy Mngqosini contributed to this report.