David Beckham accused of ‘selling soul’ in pic with Bill Gates amid World Cup controversy | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Former football star David Beckham, 47, has faced backlash from fans after sharing some pictures from his meeting with Bill Gates, 67, on Instagram today. In view of his 76.2 million followers, David described his interaction with the billionaire as an honour.
David’s meeting with Bill comes after the star sparked controversy earlier this year when he struck up a £10 million deal to promote the Qatar World Cup.
The Fifa World Cup is currently being hosted in Qatar between November 20 and December 18, with David facing criticism for agreeing to promote the event, despite the country’s harsh discrimination laws against women and gay people.
Amid the controversy, David’s fans continue to remind him of his role in the World Cup under his new photos, with one follower even accusing him of “selling his soul”.
Sharing a picture of himself standing beside Bill, David wrote: “A real honour to meet with the @gatesfoundation and some inspiring people behind life-saving innovations and projects that are changing young lives for the better @thisisbillgates.”
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Qatar’s terrible human rights laws include a three-year jail sentence for homosexuality and restricted freedoms for women.
During the 30-minute clip for Visit Qatar – David was seen filming around the country, hopping aboard a sailing boat and visiting a spice market.
“Qatar really is an incredible place to spend a few days on a stopover,” the former footballer said in the advert.
“This is perfection. I cannot wait to bring my children back here.”
Qatar has a ban on same-sex intercourse and women are required to have a male “guardian’s” permission in order to marry or study abroad on government scholarships.
Despite such discriminatory laws, the country has not yet confirmed fans and players will be safe at this year’s event, which has prompted some to boycott the tournament.
Despite Qatar’s terrifying human rights record, David is also a UNICEF ambassador.
Express.co.uk contacted David Beckham’s representatives for comment at the time.