Just in case you wondered whether Joe Lycett was being serious when he asked David Beckham to end his Qatar ambassadorship, well, he just took things up a notch.
For a refresh, the comedian has threatened to destroy £10k of his own money unless the former Manchester United star ends his multi-million pound deal with the World Cup 2022 host country.
Becks is reportedly raking in £10million to be the face of Qatar and has been very vocal about his love for the Arab country, despite its human rights issues.
If the footie icon – and ‘gay icon’, according to Lycett – does cut ties with Qatar, the comic will donate his own cash to charities supporting queer people in football.
When it comes to potentially destroying his own ten grand if Beckham refuses to end his Qatar partnership, Lycett is going to use an absolutely massive shredder.
Sharing a picture to Twitter, the funny man unveiled the whopper, writing: ’48 hours to go’, followed by a money emoji.
Fans were flabbergasted by the size of the machine, as one said they assumed he had a ‘little one for kitchens’ in mind – but clearly not, as he means business!
‘Very impressive – I had visions of you shredding a note at a time through a Ryman’s 10 Sheet budget shredder!’, one follower replied.
While thousands of Lycett’s fans are championing his campaign, others have raised concerns.
‘To think people are struggling with living costs and your gonna shred 10k. Not a great move tbh [sic]’, one person responded.
But, another defended: ‘The message is worth more than the money’.
Beckham is yet to respond to Lycett’s demands or comment publicly, but time is running out, with a countdown ticking away on Lycett’s website, Benders Like Beckham.
The stand-up comic – formerly known as Hugo Boss – recently tweeted that he is trying to get in touch with Beckham’s representatives.
Beckham confirmed his deal with an advert promoting Qatar tourism released in September ahead of the major sporting event.
His business move has been heavily criticised, as have the decisions of other celebrities and commentators jetting off to Qatar for the World Cup.
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.