Dua Lipa, a British singer with Kosovar Albanian roots, is boycotting Qatar.
Flavia SchlittlerDeputy head of the people department
When the FIFA World Cup officially kicks off next Sunday at 17:00 Swiss time in the Arab desert state of Qatar with stars and a great show, it will not be there on purpose: Dua Lipa (27), a British singer with Kosovar-Albanian roots, will be there clearly he will not sing at the controversial event. The emirate has been heavily criticized for human rights abuses, exploitation, deaths during stadium construction and corruption.
In a post on Instagram, the three-time Grammy winner ended the speculation: “I look forward to visiting Qatar when the country fulfills all the human rights promises it made when it was named as the host of the World Cup.” However, the three-time Grammy winner does not want to boycott the tournament completely. “I’ll be rooting for England from afar,” writes the singer, who is giving up a lot of money by staying away.
Rod Stewart is giving up a million dollars
Sir Rod Stewart (77), who signed a preliminary contract as a professional footballer at the age of 16 and then successfully put all his cards in music, is clear on this point. In an interview with the London Times, he expressed concern about all football fans traveling to the Persian Gulf, where homosexuality is banned, among other things.
Just how valid Stewart’s fears are was reinforced last week by a statement from World Cup ambassador and former national soccer player Khalid Salman, 60, who described being gay as “mentally damaged” in an interview with ZDF.
The British rock legend also revealed that she was offered many performances at the opening ceremony 15 months ago. “More than a million dollars. I refused.” It’s just not right to go.
Despite everything, Robbie Williams is celebrating
Pop star Robbie Williams (48), who wants to watch a few matches there, does not think much of a boycott of Qatar. “The World Cup is a world championship. If you want to blame someone, it’s Fifa,” he told the German news agency. “First and foremost, I’m a big football fan.
The British “Sun” writes that Williams will appear on December 8 at the “World Stage Qatar 2022” in the capital city of Doha. He received a lot of criticism for this. “What about human rights? Do you need the money so badly? I’m so, so, so disappointed in you, » writes a user on Twitter. Another says: “Goodbye to the gay fan base and their loyalty.”