Joe Lycett has his £10,000 ready for shredding if he doesn’t convince David Beckham to end Qatar ambassadorship in 24 hours
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 20
Joe Lycett has got the cash ready to shred (Picture: Getty / Twitter)

has withdrawn £10,000 in cash ready to shred tomorrow if he doesn’t manage to convince to end his ambassadorship for .

The comedian, 34, has promised to shred the cash – which he has apparently taken out entirely in £5 notes – at midday on Sunday to promote tourism. 

David, 47, had faced criticism for becoming the face of Qatar tourism ahead of this year’s , despite its human rights issues. 

He was  for his ambassadorship, with his advert promoting tourism in Qatar being released in September. 

David, and other stars and commentators who have flown to Qatar to take part in activities tied to the World Cup, have faced heavy criticism, due to its treatment of gay people and women. 

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and is punishable by imprisonment, women also face a severe lack of rights and more than 6,000 migrant workers have died since the country was awarded the World Cup 10 years ago.

24 hours before the deadline, Joe had prepared the money for shredding (Picture: Twitter)

In an open message to David, Joe had told him he would donate £10,000 of his own money to charity if the footballer ends his partnership with Qatar, or shred it if he doesn’t.

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Dubbing David a ‘gay icon’, he urged him to use his influence to make a stand, saying: ‘This is a message to David Beckham. I consider you, along with Kim Woodburn and Monty Don, to be a gay icon.

‘You were the first premiership footballer to do shoots with gay magazines like Attitude, to speak openly about your gay fans, and you married a Spice Girl which is the gayest thing a human being can do.

‘But now it’s 2022 and you’ve signed a reported £10million deal with Qatar to be their ambassador during the Fifa World Cup. Qatar was voted as one of the worst places in the world to be gay – homosexuality is illegal, punishable by imprisonment, and if you’re Muslim, possibly even death.’

He continued: ‘You have always talked about the power of football as a force for good, which suggests to me you have never seen West Brom. But generally, I agree – so with that in mind, I’m giving you a choice.

David Beckham had signed on to be the face of Qatar Tourism (Picture: Qatar Tourism)

‘If you end your relationship with Qatar, I will donate ten grand of my own money (that’s a grand for every million you’re reportedly getting) to charities that support queer people in football. 

‘However, if you do not, I will throw the money into a shredder at midday next Sunday, just before the opening ceremony of the World Cup and stream it right here. Not just the money, but also your status as gay icon will be shredded. 

‘Also, you’ll be forcing me to commit what might be a crime. Although even then, I reckon I’ll get off more lightly than I would if I got caught whacking off a lad in Doha. The choice is yours. I look forward to hearing from you.’

David is yet to respond to Joe or comment publicly, but Joe’s deadline to shred £10,000 will run out at midday tomorrow.