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Dua Lipa denies performing at world cup opening in Qatar

Dua Lipa has denied reports she will perform at the Fifa Men’s World Cup opening ceremony in Qatar on Sunday.

The English singer said she will “look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made” when it became host.

Qatar has undergone blitz of criticisms for its position on same-sex relationships, its human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers.

Other acts including Robbie Williams and BTS’s Jung Kook are set to perform.

In February 2021, the Guardian said 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had died in Qatar since it won its World Cup bid, BBC says.

Sir Rod Stewart recently revealed he turned down the opportunity.

“I was actually offered a lot of money, over $1m, to play there 15 months ago. I turned it down. It’s not right to go,” he told the Sunday Times.

“And the Iranians [football team] should be out [of the World Cup] too for supplying arms”, he added, in reference to Iran’s supply of explosive drones to Russia, which Iran has denied.

Writing by Muzha Kucha