‘Not right to go’ – Rod Stewart turned down more than $1m to perform in Qatar with former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham under fire for accepting money

    Rod Stewart says he turned down a lot of money to perform in Qatar.

    Musician Stewart, one of the biggest selling artists of all time, has revealed he turned down more than $1million (£845,000) to perform in the Gulf State back in 2021.

    Rod Stewart has claimed he rejected the opportunity to perform in Qatar

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    Rod Stewart has claimed he rejected the opportunity to perform in Qatar

    Beckham will head to the Gulf State though as an ambassador

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    Beckham will head to the Gulf State though as an ambassador

    “I was actually offered a lot of money, over $1m, to play there 15 months ago,” the 77-year-old told The Sunday Times as talk turned to the World Cup, which is due to begin on 20 November in Qatar.

    “I turned it down. It’s not right to go. And the Iranians should be out too for supplying arms.”

    His comments come after comedian Joe Lycett said he would shred £10,000 if ex-footballer David Beckham does not end his controversial deal with Qatar.

    The former England captain, who has previously been supportive of gay fans and players, has been criticised for agreeing to be an ambassador in a deal Lycett claims is worth £10m.

    The country that is due to host the biggest tournament in football bans same-sex relationships and has a poor human rights record.

    Unlike Stewart, Robbie Williams is planning on playing in Qatar in December.

    TV presenter Paul O’Grady was among the people to express their disappointment at his decision.

    “I’m surprised at Robbie… No amount of money would get me there,” he said.

    Many fans are apprehensive over attending the tournament and some teams and players have attempted to highlight the issues of a country hosting such an event that is not as inclusive as others.

    Manufacturer Hummel have ‘toned down’ their logo and chevrons on Denmark’s kits, though players have been told they are not allowed to wear pro-human rights training kits.

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