Robbie Williams defended his Qatar World Cup show by saying if he picked gigs on moral grounds he would not play in his own kitchen.

The Angels singer has been criticised for performing during the tournament despite the Gulf state’s human rights record, ban on homosexuality and treatment of migrant workers.

Dua Lipa and Sir Rod Stewart are among musicians who say they will not perform there.

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Robbie, 48, said: "Of course I don’t condone any abuses of human rights. That 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.’’

The ex-Take That star said it would be hypocritical not to go to Qatar because "of the places that I do go".

He said: "Anybody leaving messages saying 'no to Qatar' are doing so on Chinese technology."

Robbie is scheduled to perform at Doha Golf Club in Qatar on 8 December.

Discussing his upcoming performance, he told The Guardian: "You get this microscope that goes ‘OK, these are the baddies, and we need to rally against them’.

I think that the hypocrisy there is that if we take that case in this place, we need to apply that unilaterally to the world. Then if we apply that unilaterally to the world, nobody can go anywhere."

Since Robbie declared his stance, Amnesty International have called on the singer to use his concert to publicly address the accusations against Qatar.

The news of Robbie still deciding to perform at the event comes after Sir Rod explained that he decided to decline the offer of performing at the sporting show.

Last week the Sailing singer also confessed that he was offered a large sum of money for his appearance.

He said: "They offered me a huge amount of money, over a million dollars for the performance, but I turned it down because I don't think it's right to go to a country with those ideas and values.

"I also think the Iranians should also stop supplying them with weapons."

To prepare for the World Cup finals, Qatar has built seven stadiums as well as a new airport, metro system and a series of brand new roads and approximately a 100 new hotels.

But employers have argued that abuse has taken place during several structural builds.


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