Qatar World Cup 2022: Rod Stewart turns down ‘over $1 million’ offer, Dua Lipa denies rumored performance

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup due to kick off this weekend in Qatar, popular entertainers including Rod Stewart and Dua Lipa refused to perform at the sporting event.

Stewart revealed he was “offered a lot of money, over a million dollars, to play there 15 months ago,” and turned down the opportunity, according to the Times.

“It’s not good to go there, and the Iranians should also refrain from supplying weapons,” he added.

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The venue for the tournament has come under a lot of criticism, as many claim the country violates human rights, discriminates against women and the LGBTQ community, and mistreats migrant workers.

Rod Stewart and Dua Lipa share Qatar World Cup image

Popular entertainers including Rod Stewart and Dua Lipa declined to perform at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Getty Images/Getty Images)

In 2020, a senior executive overseeing tournament security said rainbow flags could be removed from fans at the World Cup in Qatar to protect them from attacks for promoting gay rights.

However, FIFA social responsibility and education manager Joyce Cook told The Associated Press that “rainbow flags, t-shirts will all be welcome in the stadium – c “It’s obvious. They understand very well that this is our position.”

World Cup chief executive Nasser Al-Khater also said “we will respect” FIFA’s guidelines on allowing rainbow flags.

Qatar World Cup Stadium

In 2020, a senior tournament security official said rainbow flags could be taken away from fans at the World Cup in Qatar. (Getty Pictures)

At the time, English Football Association member Chris Pauros spoke out against FIFA officials and said the organization had caused confusion.

“This inconsistency and the continued lack of detail on how this will be provided beyond the rhetoric of ‘everyone is welcome’ is concerning to say the least,” Pauros remarked.

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Pop star Dua Lipa has dispelled all rumors of her performing at the World Cup in Qatar. (Getty Pictures)

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Meanwhile, pop star Dua Lipa has cleared up all rumors about her World Cup appearance in Qatar.

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The “Levitating” singer took to her Instagram Story and posted the following statement, according to Variety.

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“I will not play and I have never been involved in any negotiations to play… I look forward to visiting Qatar when they have fulfilled all the human rights commitments they made when he got the right to host the World Cup.”

Jung Kook of Korean pop group BTS – a World Cup soundtrack contributor – and Robbie Williams are set to perform.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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