Robbie Williams passionately defends decision to perform in Qatar for World Cup

Robbie Williams has defended his decision to perform at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, despite the country’s human rights issues.

The former Take That member, 48, is amongst many celebrities and sporting figures being criticised for their involvement in the football event.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, and it is punishable by imprisonment.

There’s also a severe lack of rights for women, and more than 6,000 migrant workers have died since the country was awarded the World Cup 10 years ago.

Speaking out for the first time on the matter, Rock DJ singer Robbie passionately stood by his decision to perform at Doha Golf Club on December 8.

The Angels hitmaker told Italian newspaper Il Venerdì di Repubblica: ‘Of course, I don’t condone any abuses of human rights anywhere.

‘That being said, if we’re not condoning human rights abuses anywhere, then it would be the shortest tour the world has ever known. I wouldn’t even be able to perform in my own kitchen.’

He added: ‘Anybody leaving messages saying, “No to Qatar” are doing so on Chinese technology. It would be hypocritical of me to not go [to Qatar] because of the places that I do go to.

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