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FIFA World Cup 2022: David Beckham slammed for PR video praising ‘perfect’ Qatar

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FIFA World Cup 2022: David Beckham slammed for PR video praising ‘perfect’ Qatar – Human rights campaigners on Thursday criticized David Beckham for fronting…

FIFA World Cup 2022: David Beckham slammed for PR video praising ‘perfect’ Qatar Human rights campaigners on Thursday criticized David Beckham for fronting a glossy advertising campaign praising World Cup host Qatar as “perfection”, despite concerns over its rights record. Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 updates on InsideSport.IN

The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England star has appeared in a series of videos posted on Qatar Tourism’s website, sampling local art and food and visiting a desert camp, exclaiming: “This is perfection to me!”

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FIFA World Cup 2022: David Beckham slammed for PR video praising ‘perfect’ Qatar

Amnesty International UK’s head of priority campaigns, Felix Jakens, said the ads were “just the latest smart and positive video about Qatar that David Beckham has put his face on”.

The London-based rights monitor blamed Beckham for making “no mention of the country’s appalling human rights record”.

The video campaign has Beckham saying that the Arab state “is truly an incredible place to spend a few days on a layover”.

“I can’t wait to bring my kids back” he adds.

Beckham last year signed a deal worth £150 million ($172 million) to promote the gas-rich Gulf state, which is hosting this year’s World Cup. He was appointed cultural ambassador.

Jakens encouraged Beckham to use his “unique profile” to stress “terrible abuse” that tens of thousands of migrant workers have faced while working on multi-billion dollar World Cup sites.

FIFA World Cup 2022: David Beckham slammed for PR video praising ‘perfect’ Qatar

Amnesty earlier this year demanded that world soccer’s governing body FIFA set up a fund of $440 million to “abused” workers in Qatar.

The Arab state has faced allegations of underreporting of worker deaths and injuries, as well as complaints of unpaid wages.

There are also questions about its respect for women’s rights and the LGBTQ community.

The small state with conservative Muslim leaders has been under the spotlight of the courts ever since it was awarded the World Cup in 2010.

Critics say Qatar’s progress over the past decade has been mixed and more pressure needs to be put on the country and FIFA before the first ball is kicked at the 32-nation tournament on November 20.

Qatar denies the number of migrant worker deaths reported by some international media and says it has introduced a number of reforms to its employment regulations since being selected to host the World Cup.

FIFA World Cup 2022: David Beckham slammed for PR video praising ‘perfect’ Qatar

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