Soccer

Beckham escapes sanction

2010-09-28 08:00
David Beckham (File)
The Los Angeles Galaxy have decided not to take any action against David Beckham who confronted a supporter who heckled him after Friday's loss to the New York Red Bulls, the club said on Monday.

VIDEO: Beckham confronts fan

The former England captain approached the fan saying "Say it to my face" after the fan taunted him about allegations Beckham had sex with prostitutes.

The incident, caught on camera, took place under the stands in the tunnel area near the Galaxy dressing room. "We have reviewed the incident internally and determined that no action is required," said Patrick Donnelly, the Galaxy director of communications.

The fan yelled "stop with the prostitutes", prompting an angry Beckham to turn around before responding "Do you want to say it again? Want to say it again? You got a Galaxy shirt on."

The incident was captured on a camera and posted on the News Of The World tabloid website.

League officials are also reviewing the matter as standard procedure says Dan Courtemanche, MLS' executive vice president of communications.

Last year, Beckham was fined $1,000 for gesturing to a fan who had been taunting him from the stands. Galaxy fans were angry that Beckham, who is the highest paid player in the league at $6.5m, had missed the first 17 games of the MLS season so he could play for AC Milan.

On Friday, Beckham filed a lawsuit against a US celebrity weekly that published allegations that he slept with prostitutes.

The suit was filed in a Los Angeles court and accuses the magazine In Touch of slander, libel and infliction of emotional distress.

Asked following Friday's game if the legal action is a way of making a strong statement, Beckham told AFP: "Without a doubt. That's why we have done the legal action and we will see."

The suit also names 26-year-old Irma Nici who bills herself on her website as "the world's most sought-after call girl."

Nici alleges she slept with Beckham several times, including in a New York hotel soon after he joined the Galaxy in 2007.

Beckham has been married for 11 years to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. The couple and their three sons live in an 18.2 million dollar mansion in Beverly Hills.

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