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Beckham Under Fire for Sponsoring Qatar

David Beckham is set to strike a £150 million deal with Qatar next month.

Trouble is, he is getting all the flak for the coming ambassadorial contract.

Since the news broke out, there have been calls for him to be removed from his UNICEF role over Qatar’'s poor human rights record.

Many have voiced their concern over one of the world's most recognisable sports stars becoming the face of an event that many consider to be an unashamed attempt at sportswashing. 

`DISAPPOINTING DECISION’

The account End Sportswashing wrote on Twitter: 'Very disappointing decision by David Beckham to sell his image to this #sportswashing exercise. He should instead be using his position to draw attention to Qatar's human rights record and treatment of it's migrant workers.'

In the deal over the next decade, Beckham will be the face of the World Cup 2022.

The 46-year-old England legend was pictured in the country earlier this month, visiting various sights including some of the stadiums to be used for next year's tournament.

In a report by The Sun, Beckham will have an official role as part of a deal to be announced next month that will also see him promote tourism and culture in Qatar.

HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD

The report also said beckham was told rainbow flags would be allowed at the World Cup, in a country which has faced criticism for its human rights record, especially towards gay people and women.  

``David has always talked about the power of football as a force for good on many levels,’’ a spokeswoman for Beckham told The Sund. ``As we reach the one year to go point he will join the wider football community that is coming together for the World Cup 2022 and he's looking forward to what he thinks will be a great tournament.’’

Beckham's decision to accept the position has also seen people call into question his role with UNICEF.

One user on Twitter commented: '@UNICEF Your 'ambassador' David Beckham has just taken £22 million from Qatar to 'promote' the World Cup, a country with horrendous human rights violations. Will you now remove him from this conflict of interest?' 

Beckham's rekindling of relationship with Qatar is not a new one, going back to his time as a player at Paris Saint-Germain.  

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