Qatar World Cup 2022: Dua Lipa spoke about the rumors about his participation in the opening ceremony

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The British artist referred to an eventual performance during the World Cup, which begins on November 20

Qatar World Cup 2022: Dua Lipa spoke about the rumors about his participation in the opening ceremony

Dua Lipa refuses to perform at the opening ceremony of the Qatar 2022 World Cup (Credit: Gustavo Gavotti)

Despite recent rumors about his presence at the opening ceremony of the World Cup, Dua Lipa has announced that he will not be in Qatar. From her Instagram account, the singer stated that she really wants to visit the emirate, but that she will only do so “when the country respects the human rights commitments it acquired by becoming the venue” for the event FIFA.

The 27-year-old British artist said she will support the England National Teamin the competition, which starts on the 20th of this month, but he will do it from home. “I am looking forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the promises in terms of human rights that it made when it obtained the right to organize the World Cup”, the artist declared.

“ I will not be acting nor have I ever been involved in any negotiation to act”, she assured to deny some rumors that had circulated about a possible performance by the artist at the opening ceremony of the tournament.

“I will be rooting for England from afar and look forward to visiting Qatar when it has delivered on all the human rights promises it made when it won the right to host the World Cup. With love, Dua x”, the artist wrote in an Instagram Story.

Qatar punishes homosexuality with prison and considers men to be the guardians of their women. It also has strict laws on alcohol, drugs, public intimacy, relationships outside of marriage, dress codes and oaths.

World Cup of Qatar 2022: Dua Lipa spoke about Rumors about his participation in the opening ceremony

Dua Lipa's message denying his presentation at the Qatar 2022 World Cup

It comes just a week before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, with the Arab state facing mounting criticism for its treatment of women, migrant workers and people LGBT+.

Dua Lipa's announcement comes the same week that streamer Ibai Llanos announced that he gave up an offer to travel to the emirate with the Spanish team. “What is the fault of the people? [he said, about the soccer players who come]. In the end, he thinks of an 18-year-old boy who likes soccer, what can he do against a gigantic infrastructure that decides through I don't know how many cases of corruption that the World Cup is held in Qatar in winter? There are things above any person. The only thing he can do is not see it. You as an individual is what you can contribute, ”he argued.

This year's World Cup is being held in Qatar, which has Islamic law that punishes homosexuals with jail and discriminates against women. Just a few days ago, World Cup ambassador Khalid Salman stated that homosexuality is “mental damage” and, furthermore, a haram (a sin, something prohibited or illegal), according to the emirate's legislation.

That legislation provides for prison terms of up to ten years for consensual same-sex sexual relations. The current penal code also establishes penalties of between one and three years in prison for those who “instigate” or “persuade” other people to commit acts of “sodomy or immorality”.

Qatar World Cup 2022: Dua Lipa spoke about the rumors about his participation in the opening ceremony

Qatar World Cup 2022 : A man with a replica of the World Cup outside from Lusail Stadium (Reuters)

The main concern is the contractual terms of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers employed to turn the small emirate into a region capable of hosting the biggest soccer tournament.

It remains to be seen how long World Cup organizers will spend denying allegations against the Qatari government, which include claims by The Guardian that workers were denied food, water and they were stripped of their passports.

Some claim they were not paid or, if they were, the payments were minimal and far behind. A 2019 Daily Mirror investigation found that 28,000 workers were paid roughly $1 an hour for a 48-hour week.

The The Wall Street Journal reported in 2015 that more than 1,200 workers died building the infrastructure for the tournament. Last year, The GuardianIt put that figure closer to 6,500.

Criticism for holding an international tournament of the most followed sport in the world in a country with such a history also came from coaches and soccer players. Liverpool's technical director, Jürgen Klopp, recently charged the organization while being self-critical: “There were many opportunities to denounce the situation […] We are all guilty”, he assured in a conference press.

Klopp also referred to the working conditions of the workers who participated in the construction of the stadiums.

“It is not good for a person to be under the sun doing physical work. But no one thought of those workers. There were many opportunities to denounce it since the World Cup was awarded. Two or three years to say: 'By the way, this is not right. A lot of people wanted to make money for the wrong reasons,” he noted.

World Cup in Qatar 2022: Dua Lipa spoke about the rumors about his participation in the opening ceremony

Jurgen Klopp (Reuters)

An investigation published by the British newspaper The Guardian more than a year ago revealed that more than 6,500 immigrant workers had died during the construction of the stadiums in which they will play the selections from November 20.

In 2010, when Qatar was chosen as the venue, the emirate began the construction of seven stadiums, as well as numerous infrastructures, an airport and several hotels.

The organizations accuse the government not only of not ensuring the protection of workers, but also of not investigating the cause of the deaths.

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