Joe Lycett (with the 10,000 pounds) and David Beckham

A British comedian, Joe Lycett, has shredded 10,000 pounds ($11,900) in bank notes after former England soccer captain David Beckham failed to yield to his ultimatum to pull out of the World Cup.

Beckham, who played for Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, is working as an ambassador for Qatar at the World Cup.

The ex-player reportedly signed a 10 million pounds deal with Qatar.

Lycett said last week he would donate the money to charity if Beckham agreed to cut ties with the World Cup host or he would shred the money before the tournament began.

On Sunday, Lycett dressed in a rainbow dress, posted footage of him putting two stacks of 5-pound notes into a woodchipper.

Lycett earlier said Beckham was a “a gay icon” who was working for Qatar, which is “one of the worst places in the world to be gay”.

Beckham has not publicly acknowledged or responded to the ultimatum.

Qatar has been criticised for its treatment of foreign workers, LGBTQ+ rights and restrictive social laws.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and the country’s organisers of the World Cup have warned visitors against public displays of affection but say that everyone, no matter their sexual orientation or background, is welcome at the event.

The country has also denied accusations of abusing of workers and bribery to win the hosting rights.



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