David Beckham has finally made a statement to Joe Lycett after the comedian pretended to “rip up £10,000” over the footballer’s £10m World Cup deal with Qatar.
Last month Joe pulled a stunt in which he threatened to destroy £10,000 of his own money if David Beckham didn’t step out of his contract with World Cup hosts Qatar, where homosexuality is still illegal.
And after repeated attempts from Joe to speak up, David’s team have finally addressed the issue, noting that the athlete “takes it as positive that the debate on important issues has been stimulated by the World Cup in the country”.
Overdue: David Beckham has finally made a statement to Joe Lycett after the comedian pretended to “rip up £10,000” over the footballer’s £10m World Cup deal with Qatar.
The full statement read: “David has been involved in a number of World Cups and other major international tournaments both as a player and as an ambassador and he has always believed that sport has the power to be a force for good in the world.
“Football, the world’s most popular sport, has a real ability to bring people together and make real contributions to communities.
“We understand that there are different and strongly held views on engagement in the Middle East, but welcome that the debate on the key issues was directly stimulated by the first World Cup in the region.
“We hope that these conversations will lead to greater understanding and empathy for all people and that progress will be made.”
After reading the statement on his show, Joe said he wasn’t legally allowed to give his opinion on it.
Earlier in the show, Joe lashed out at David’s Qatar role, stating, “I’m furious at his blatant hypocrisy and failure to be an ally of the LGBT community.”
Ultimatum: Last month Joe pulled off a stunt in which he threatened to destroy £10,000 of his own money if David Beckham didn’t pull out of his contract with World Cup hosts Qatar
The comedy star adds, “We deserve better from our national hero.”
Last month, Lycett released the video, which controversially appeared to show him shredding the money, but later revealed it was a hoax and he had already donated the money to LGBTQ+ charities.
It comes after Joe recently explained how he pulled off his latest stunt by pretending to shred £10,000 over David’s £10m World Cup deal with Qatar.
Speaking about Jeremy Vine on 5, the comedian explained that the money he put in the machine was real, but that it was collected in a bucket.
There were then two canisters containing the fake money that came out “shredded” on the other side.
He said: “There was a lot behind the scenes, a lot of stress really. This whole weekend I was so wracked with fear and anxiety because it felt really wrong, it felt really scary to do what I was doing.
Explanation: Joe recently explained how he pretended to shred £10,000 over David Beckham’s £10m World Cup deal with Qatar
Joe added, “I knew I had to do something like this to generate press and intrigue.
“Which is really depressing. They would hope that human rights violations would create an intrigue of their own.’
Explaining how the machine worked, he said: “Actually, it wouldn’t have turned out that way if you put real money into the machine.
“It’s essentially a bit of theatrics, but I wanted it to be as dark and shocking as possible. I think we succeeded.”
Controversy: Joe said the money he put in the machine was real but it was collected in a bucket and the fake money was in two canisters that came out the other side ‘shredded’
Joe said the real money was put into the shredder to make the stunt look more realistic, rather than fake money, which has different dimensions.
The comedian said: “We knew that when we used these [fake money], people would immediately say, “Oh, that’s fake.” We needed real money to go to the shredder and look legit.’
When asked what happened to the £10,000, he said it was returned to the bank as he had already donated the money to charity.
Joe also spoke to global journalists Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel on their podcast The News Agents earlier this month about hearing from Beckham’s people after the stunt.
He explained: “I haven’t heard from Beckham directly, we’ve had some movement with his people.”
Emily added with a laugh, “Wait, is that like an injunction or a lawsuit or a friendly hello?”
Ambassador: Joe said he has had some contacts with David Beckham’s (pictured in Qatar) people after asking the ex-footballer to end his relationship with the country
Joe said: “I’d love to be sued by him, what a twist that would be. Basically we had contact with them. But legally I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say at the moment.
“I’m not happy with where we are, let’s put it that way.”
Emily continued: “So they offer positive movements money? Or donations?’ and Joe replied, “No. They don’t really offer anything. You just talk to us a little bit.
“I think they’re just trying to really make it go away. Which it will eventually and it won’t affect him in the long term.
Jon Sopel added, “I honestly can’t think of anything that’s been done in PR or advertising for Ten Grand that has garnered that much attention.
Joe is openly pansexual, meaning he is attracted to all genders, and he has spoken out about being queer and speaking out for LGBTQ+ rights on many occasions.
The World Cup is taking place in Qatar – where homosexuality is still illegal and anyone engaging in same-sex sexual activity can be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.
Big deal: The comic gave former England footballer David Beckham an ultimatum after it was reported he had signed a £10million deal with the FIFA World Cup hosts
Source: | Dailymail.co.uk
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