Qatar, in case you didn’t know, is infamous for its continued persecution of LGBTQ+ people.
via Pink News:
Homosexuality is completely outlawed in Qatar and is punishable by imprisonment or flogging. According to a 2019 article in Forbes, the Middle Eastern country is the second most dangerous country in the world for LGBT+ people.
Additionally, Qatar operates Sharia courts in which it is technically possible for gay men to be sentenced to death, though IGLA reported it doesn’t “appear that any person has been executed for this reason or at all”
Sooooo…. why would self-anointed LGBTQ ally David Beckham want to align himself with the country?
Beckham is closely tied to Qatar. He frequently visits the country and ended his playing career with Qatar-owned French team Paris Saint-Germain in 2013. He’s also close friends with the club’s president, Nasser-Al Khelaifi, and the pair have been seen together at football matches in recent years.
Also: Sources say that he has been assured that Qatar is “relaxing its policy” on LGBT+ persecution in the country. (*Sure, Jan*)
One Qatari source told The Mail on Sunday the detail is supposed to be “top secret” and is being kept quiet until there is an opportunity to “land it without David’s PR being affected too much”. The source added: “Well, that’s the hope anyway.
“There are concerns about his reputation, but there is enough money on the table for the optics not to matter so much.”
Although another source said:
“David has so many big-money deals, you do wonder why he would want one like this.”