David Beckham has reacted to Joe Lycett’s money-wasting stunt, more than a month after the comedian first announced it.
On November 13, Lycett Beckham issued an ultimatum regarding his World Cup ambassadorship deal with Qatar.
In a social media video, he told the former England footballer he would be wiping out £10,000 of his own money, as well as Beckham’s status as a ‘gay icon’, if he didn’t end his contract.
Beckham didn’t respond publicly, leading to Lycett appearing to shred the money in a livestream. He later revealed that the money was fake and that he had actually donated it to LGBTQ+ charities.
However, on Dec. 15, Lycett shared a tweet informing his followers that Beckham has now responded to the situation.
He wrote: “The team at David Beckham have released my program with an exclusive statement that will be aired on my program tonight I’ve got your back Special.”
Lycett explained that as far as he is aware, this is the only statement Beckham or his team has made to any authority regarding his involvement in Qatar.
“I’ve been told I can’t legally give an opinion on this,” he said, “so you’ll have to make up your own mind.”
The statement said: “David has been involved in a number of World Cups and other major international tournaments, both as a player and as an ambassador, and has always believed in the power of sport to be a force for good in the world .
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“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 we welcome the fact 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.”
Also appears in the I’ve got your back Special were LGBTQ+ football teams, the cast of The footballers’ wivesand dr Nasser Mohamed, the first openly gay Qatari.
The trailer featured behind-the-scenes footage of Lycett’s shredding stunt, while the comedian says, “This is me, Joe Lycett, stuck in an underground bunker about to dump 10k of my own money into a garden shredder. And all while getting haunted by one of the most famous footballers of all time. How on earth did that happen?”
When Lycett Beckham delivered the ultimatum in November, he said: “You’re the first Premiership footballer to deal with gay magazines like attitudespeaking openly about your gay fans and you married a Spice Girl, which is the gayest thing a person can do.
“But now it’s 2022. And you’ve signed a £10million deal with Qatar to be their ambassador during the FIFA World Cup.”
Citing the World Cup host’s gay rights, Lycett told Beckham: “Qatar was voted one of the worst places in the world for gay people. Homosexuality is illegal, punishable by imprisonment and, if you are Muslim, possibly even death.”
On December 9, Lycett appeared on Lorraine to further explain his irritation at Beckham’s deal with Qatar.
He said: “That’s the thing, I’m open to countries being diverse and having their own beliefs and all of that stuff.
“But I think, as a baseline, I think killing people and imprisoning them for who they are should be universally condemned wherever that happens. There’s way too much happening all over the world. And it happens here sometimes, so we should always name it.”
Lycett told Lorraine Kelly that he’d still like to speak to Beckham and still “has hope.”
“He still has time to change his mind. The World Cup is not over yet,” he said.
Lycet’s I’ve got your back The special aired on Channel 4 on December 15 at 9pm.
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