Joe Lycett ‘not satisfied’ as David Beckham’s team finally respond to shredding stunt
8th December 2022

Joe Lycett has revealed David Beckham's representatives reached out regarding his 'shredding' stunt, but admitted he's been left unsatisfied with the outcome.

Last month, the 34 year old comedian gave the Real Madrid and Manchester United icon, 47, an ultimatum to pull out of his deal with World Cup hosts Qatar, where homosexuality is still illegal, or he would destroy £10,000 of his own money.

If Becks had put an end to his controversial ambassadorship – reportedly worth £10m – Joe said he would donate the cash to LGBTQ+ charities instead.

Alternatively, he'd livestream himself shredding the money along with the star's "status as gay icon".

The Birmingham-born comic appeared to initially stand by his decision by sharing a video of him shredding what looked like wads of cash, but the following day he confessed he hadn't destroyed it and had in fact sent a donation to LGBTQ+ charities.

Joe told Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel on The News Agents podcast this week: "I’ve not heard directly from Beckham. We have had some movement with his people.

"Basically, we’ve had some contact with them but basically, legally at the minute, I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say. I’m not satisfied with where we’ve got to let’s put it that way."

Asked if the footballer's team had suggested making donations to charities, Joe replied: "No, none of that. They’re not offering anything really.

"They’re just talking to us a little bit which they hadn’t done before. I think they’re just trying to get it to go away really. Which it will eventually, and it won’t affect him long-term."

On the "sucker punch" of English and Welsh players being deterred from sporting the One Love armband throughout the tournament, he also went on to reflect: "What’s been really sad about the whole last couple of months is I always felt that football wasn’t for me, and that it was not a world that I’d be embraced in any way and would be shut out of.

“The One Love armband, I thought that’s a start. I mean, it wasn’t the pride colours on the armband, it was some weird mix of colours, but fine, it’s something.

"And then for them at the very last minute to go, or we’re not interested was a real sucker punch, because it sort of showed me what I kind of always knew, which is they are allies to a point."


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