Days before the long-awaited opening of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, several of the artists who had been contacted to participate in the most important soccer tournament strongly rejected the invitation. Dua Lipa, Shakira and Rod Stewart are some of them. Below we tell you the reasons they have given for not being present and everything that is known to date.
The venue for the FIFA World Cup has been harshly criticized and is embroiled in the midst of various accusations such as its systemic discrimination against women and the LGTBQ+ community or the reported deaths of several of the migrant workers who helped build the stadiums. where the matches will be played. And in this sense that turns the rejection of several well-known stars.
The British singer was another of the stars sketched to appear at the sporting event; However, she clarified that she was never in negotiations to present herself. “I will not run and have never been involved in any negotiations to run. I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights promises it made when it won the right to host the World Cup,” he said in a statement made through his Instagram stories.
The artist decided not to accept the million-dollar offer, noting that “it’s not right to go” during an interview with the Sunday Times. “In fact, they offered me a lot of money, more than $1 million, to perform there 15 months ago. I turned it down. It’s not okay to go. he said that the Iranians should also be out for supplying weapons,”.
The Colombian, who has participated in many of the soccer World Cups, also ruled out her participation, after it was speculated that she would make a song for Qatar 2022. Sources close to the Barranquillera told EFE that Shakira would not go to the Arab country for the opening ceremony or for any other presentation.