Embattled soccer legend David Beckham is once more beneath hearth for a choice some are saying is hypocritical.
The 47-year-old former England captain has been within the firing line since earlier than the FIFA World Cup started, which he’s being paid by Qatar to advertise.
Beckham is reportedly being paid $17.7 million to be the face of the Qatar occasion – which has undoubtedly been essentially the most controversial World Cup in historical past.
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Different stories say the one-time sporting famous person is incomes within the neighborhood of $264 million to advertise tourism in Qatar over a 10-year interval.
The criticism levelled at Beckham has largely been as a result of his long-time standing as a homosexual icon, given homosexuality is illegitimate in Qatar and may be punishable by jail or loss of life.
However now he is copping it for flying to Boston to current an award on the Earthshot Prize, which is organised by Prince William and recognises contributions to environmentalism.
5 award recipients every year obtain a million British kilos ($1.8 million AUD) to additional their environmental efforts.
The award winners tune into the occasion nearly in order to scale back their carbon footprint however, mockingly, the star-studded checklist of visitors are all flown in from across the globe to attend in individual.
Beckham was flown from Qatar to Boston and was snapped in a tuxedo assembly with the royals and different celebrities.
“Now, I am an optimist as a result of people are able to nice creativity once we collaborate,” Beckham informed the ceremony in a speech.
“We create magnificence in artwork, music, movie, and naturally, sport. We create issues that convey us consolation on this difficult world.
“However, we additionally create waste. We make over 300 million tonnes of plastic per yr. That is the equal, in weight, to each grownup on Earth.”
Critics had been fast to take Beckham to activity for his hypocrisy, lecturing on waste when being paid by Qatar – one of many world’s greatest polluters.
It continues what has been a disastrous week for one of many greatest private manufacturers in sport.
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