(ANSA – Agence France-Presse) – Doha, December 18 – The New York Times accused him of not wanting to comment on the impact of the World Cup held in Qatar, because he is one of the ambassadors paid by the emirate, David Beckham – through his spokesman – said that “sport She has the potential to be a force for good in the world.” And the American newspaper indicated in an article it published yesterday, entitled “The Missing Voice in the World Cup,” that the Qatari authorities are disappointed by the silence of the former English soccer star, even though he receives salaries to be one of the ambassadors of this. World Championship.
According to the New York Times, Beckham would place very strict conditions on his speeches, mandating avoiding questions about certain political aspects, such as Qatari laws banning homosexuality. In response to the article, a spokesperson for the former England soccer star said, “David has participated in many World Cups and other international tournaments, both as a player and as an ambassador, and has always believed that sport has the potential to be a force for good in the world.”
“We understand that there are different and strongly shared opinions regarding staging (the World Cup) in the Middle East, but we are confident that discussion on key issues has been stimulated by the first World Cup to be staged in the region,” he continued. We hope these conversations will lead to greater understanding and progress.” David Beckham, now 47, is reported to have earned $180m over 10 years to promote Qatar. The Englishman played in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups (ANSA -AFP).
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