Tanya Bardsley has criticised the Qatar-located Fifa World Cup and admitted that she has struggled to support England’s football team during the tournament.
FIFA has decided to hold the World Cup in Qatar has been controversial, particularly with regard to migrant workers or the LGBTQ+ community.
Weighing in on the fact the competition is being held in the Arab country – where being gay is illegal with a punishment of up to seven years in jail – the Wag, 41, branded it ‘disgusting’, adding that the whole thing leaves a ‘vile taste’ in her mouth.
Having her say: Tanya Bardsley has slammed the Qatar-located Fifa World Cup and admitted that she has struggled to support England’s football team during the tournament
Tanya, who is married ex-footballer Phil Bardsley, stated that although she was aware of the controversy surrounding the issue, she does not condone it. World Cup is not the fault of England players. She cannot even watch it or get excited about it.
While she also had her say about the shocking decision by the organisation to tell its top players not to wear the Rainbow One Love armband during the tournament.
She Telled The Mirror: “I don’t really know if Phil is…” [watching the World Cup]But I don’t think so. Football is supposed to be about one love, all-inclusive – it’s not supposed to be about politics or anything but then banning the rainbow?
“I think that the protests should have begun sooner, but I can’t believe it.” [get behind it] It’s not their fault, and I feel sorry for them.
Shocking: The decision by FIFA to hold the World Cup in Qatar has been controversial, especially in relation to migrant workers (and the LGBTQ+ community). World Cup)
She Continued: “I want support for the England lads.
In light of the Christmas season’s nearness, the former Real Housewives of Cheshire star suggested that it was a bad idea to host winter games due to the rising cost of living.
Tanya’s opinions come after Will Young slammed David Beckham for his £10million Qatar World Cup deal, and I urged him that a portion of his huge earnings be donated to LGBTQ+ charities.
Opinion: Weighing in on the fact the competition is being held in the Arab country – where being gay is illegal with a punishment of up to seven years in jail – the Wag, 41, branded it ‘disgusting’
43-year-old singer criticized David’s ambassadorial position as ‘odious’. He also shared his disappointment about the deal with former footballer in a scornful Instagram post.
David, 47 years old, was urged to quit his position as ambassador for the highly controversial World Cup in Qatar where homosexuality remains illegal and can be punished with up to seven years imprisonment
And Will, who is gay, piled on more pressure on David over his ambassadorial role, accusing him of being ‘greedy’ for agreeing to the £10million deal.
Tough: Tanya, who is married to Phil Bardsleyv (pictured), said that she was not surprised by the controversy surrounding the World Cup is not the fault of England players. She cannot bear to watch it.
Can’t support: ‘I want to support the England lads, I want to get behind my country but I just can’t, it’s just got a really nasty, vile taste in my mouth’
Will posted on Instagram Wednesday his dissatisfaction at David’s position in Qatar. World Cup accuses Cup of ‘burying its head in the sand and being cowardly’
The Leave Right Now singer noted his personal connections with David and said they had met over the years. He also claimed that he sang at David’s birthday party for free once.
Describing David’s deal as ‘odious’, Will urged the star to donate £1million to LGBTQ+ charities in Qatar for each year he remained as ambassador if he would not drop the deal altogether.
He penned: ‘Qatar is of course not the only country in the world with appalling records on human rights. Two-faced argument: Sport isn’t political.
Criticism: It comes as Will Young has slammed David Beckham for his £10million Qatar World Cup deal, and I urged him that a portion of his huge earnings be donated to LGBTQ+ charities
Pressure: The singer, 43, criticised David’s ambassadorial role as ‘odious’ and shared his ‘disappointment’ over the former footballer’s decision in a scathing Instagram post
“Look at South Africa in apartheid. Now, look at Russia. Who decides which yays or nays are correct?
“What is certain however is that a star such as you @davidbeckham, for whom I once sang (not for any money, I haveten to add), at your birthday has disappointed my more than I can express.
“Our paths crossed many times because we were both with 19 Management. You were always kind and generous. We all know that people do not do things just for the money.
‘Repellent’: Taking to Instagram , Will shared his ‘disappointment’ at David’s role in the Qatar World Cup accused Cup of ‘burying its head in the sand’ and didn’t address the criticism
“Here’s what bothers me most: not a single WHISPER David from you to show solidarity, or a single WHISPER David from yourself to support the massacre of migrants workers.
‘The decision to take the alleged £150 million over 15 years is greedy enough, the burying of your head in the sand from you, your team and your advisers is repellent and cowardice personified.
‘So here is what I suggest if you won’t change your mind: give £1million to LGBTQIA+ charities in Qatar every year that you get your £10million a year. Is there anything we can salvage from this terrible deal?
Scathing: Describing David’s deal as ‘odious’, Will urged the star to donate £1million to LGBTQ+ charities in Qatar for each year he remained as ambassador if he would not drop the deal
Slammed: David, 47, has faced calls to drop his ambassadorship for the highly controversial World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality can be punished with up to seven year imprisonment
“Perhaps those funds could help provide much-needed security to those living under terror while your posters look down on the people in Qatar.
MailOnline reached out for comments to David’s representatives.
Will isn’t the first celebrity critic to David for his involvement in the highly controversial World Cup in Qatar, as Joe Lycett has also protested David’s deal.
Protest: Will is not the first celebrity to criticise David for his role in the highly controversial World Cup in Qatar. Joe Lycett protested David’s deal.