british musician Rod Stewart announced that he turned down an offer of more than $1 million to perform during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar for “moral reasons.”
“They offered me a lot of money, more than a million dollars, to play there fifteen months ago. I turned it down. It didn’t seem right to go,” Stewart, a huge soccer fan, told the British newspaper. sunday time in an interview in which he was asked about the violation of human rights in Qatar
The music adds to the criticism of public figures such as Dua Lipa or Ibai Llanos.
“Fans need to be careful.”, commented the musician, who assured that “it would have been nice” to play his song “The Killing of Georgie” during the World Cup, which narrates the murder of a gay friend in the 1970s.
Born in London to a Scottish father, the 77-year-old artist regretted Scotland’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. When asked if he will support England, he wryly replies: “No, to Brazil”.
In the last hours some singers have been known who could be on the big stage, but there is still no official information about it. Shakira, BTS and the black Eyed Peas They would be the invited artists for the opening of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which will begin on Sunday at the Al-Bayt stadium, in the city of Al Khor.
dualipaFor her part, she denied that she has been invited to perform at the World Cup in Qatar and assured that she will encourage the English team “from afar”.
“I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights promises it made when it won the right to host the World Cup,” the 27-year-old artist said on Instagram.
“I will not be acting nor have I been involved in any negotiation to act,” she assured to deny some rumors that had circulated about a possible performance by the artist at the opening ceremony of the tournament.
Qatar punishes homosexuality with prison and considers men the guardians of their women. It also has strict laws on alcohol, drugs, public privacy, and relationships outside of marriage.
Dua Lipa’s announcement comes the same week as the streamer I was going plains announced that he withdrew an offer to travel to the emirate with the Spanish team. “The only thing you can do is not see it. You as an individual is what you can contribute, ”she argued.
An investigation published by the British newspaper guardian More than a year ago, he revealed that more than 6,500 immigrant workers had died during the construction of the stadiums where the teams will play starting on November 20.
In 2010, when Qatar was chosen as the venue, the emirate began the construction of seven stadiums, as well as numerous infrastructures, an airport and several hotels.
The organizations accuse the government not only of not guaranteeing the protection of workers, but also of not investigating the cause of the deaths.
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