Robbie Williams faces fury over plans to perform in Qatar for the World Cup – after a gig at the Russia 2018 opening ceremony
ROBBIE Williams has faced furor over his plans to perform at the World Cup in anti-gay Qatar.
The singer, 48, will have scored a ‘huge own goal’ if he sings in the repressive host country, a disappointed fan has claimed.
Another said it would be “incomprehensible” for the showman, long seen as a supporter of the LGBT community, to play there, reports the Mirror.
It comes after it was announced that Williams would be among the big names performing at the Qatar Live concerts in December.
Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and homosexuals face fines or up to seven years in prison. World Cup leaders have had to give assurances that gay fans will not be persecuted when they arrive next month.
The country has also been condemned for its treatment of women and migrant workers.
TV’s Paul O’Grady, 67, said: “I’m surprised by Robbie. There will be a backlash from the LGBTQ community if he happens.
“No amount of money would get me there.”
Williams, currently on the XXV tour, also performed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He is expected to play at the Doha Gold Club on December 8.
Phil Dann wrote on a fan page: “How do fans make an official protest?
“I’m sorry, but the Qatar World Cup is bad on so many levels and I’m disappointed that Robbie thinks it’s okay to support it so blatantly. It’s a huge own goal for him.”
Nic Schwarten added: “His opinion seems to be clear, otherwise he wouldn’t appear there. It’s really incomprehensible that he appears there.”
Representatives for Robbie Williams have been approached for comment.
Today we revealed England’s World Cup preparations are a heap of rubble – with the team hotel a building site just a month before kick-off.
The Sun saw migrant builders in overalls working in 35C heat to complete a swimming pool for the Three Lions stars.
A pool bar and changing room were still being carved out of bare cinder blocks.
Camels outside the hotel entrance watched as welders and laborers began to turn a dusty site into a parking lot.
But patrons at the Souq Al Wakra hotel, where Football. The association has booked all 101 rooms, insists the work will be completed before Gareth Southgate’s team arrive next month.
Meanwhile, a £650-a-night cockroach-infested hovel is among the disgusting apartments on offer for England fans at the Qatar World Cup.
We posed as Three Lions followers to see the tiny concrete box described by its owner, Hilal, as “adorable” on the Airbnb rental site.
The apartment, with its cracked walls, soiled mattress and at least five cockroaches in the kitchen, was next to a noisy construction site in Doha.
Another Airbnb host, Riham, was offering capital digs with stained walls and a living room kitchenette for £534 a night.