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Date: Thurs Jul 02 22:50:32 GMT+00:00 1998
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"I have apologised to the England players and management and I want every
England supporter to know how deeply sorry I am.

"I only hope that I will have the opportunity in the future to be part of a
successful England team in the European Championships and World Cup."
David Beckham

This Issue:
1. LIST: Hoddle Defends Beckham (D.Mail)
3. Hoddle defends Beckham, who says sorry
4. England go down fighting (Telegraph)
5. Beckham (D.Mail)
6. Unknown


David Beckham "sorry"

From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: LIST: Hoddle Defends Beckham (D.Mail) Comments: To: Red Devil List , Darul Kisai , Darul To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU Beckham deeply hurt, says Hoddle Reuters July 1, 1998 ESCOUBLAC, France -- David Beckham was deeply hurt over Tuesday's sending off against Argentina, but should not be made a scapegoat for England's dramatic World Cup exit, coach Glenn Hoddle said on Wednesday. The Manchester United midfielder needed support and understanding, the England chief said. "He is very down," he told reporters. ``We've not talked (fully) yet, but we will before we leave our camp here. We spoke very briefly, but not at any length and we need to talk again." Beckham had indicated his sorrow after the match but had not been able to talk. "He was hurt, he just couldn't talk," Hoddle said. "It was a dart that went in very deep for him." Beckham, 23, is engaged to Spice Girls pop singer Victoria Adams who was at the match. She watched as her fiance was sent off after 47 minutes for kicking the Argentine captain Diego Simeone in an incident which changed the course of the game. The score was 2-2 with England attacking strongly when he was dismissed, leaving his 10 team mates to fight a rearguard action which eventually went to extra time and a penalty shootout which Argentina won 4-3. Hoddle said: "It was not a sending-off offence. It was not violent conduct and I don't think it deserved any more than a yellow card. If he had stayed on and we had 11 against 11, I believe we would have won. "But David has to learn from this and be positive and become a better player as a result. We don't need to go overboard. It is not the time for blaming people. "I think Dennis Bergkamp did something more violent the night before and he got away with it or the officials chose not to see it...." Hoddle added: "He reacted in a foolish way and I hope he has learned not to do it again. But he has a wonderful talent and he is 23 and he has a great future ahead of him. "Why do we need a scapegoat for this? He gave a fantastic performance against Colombia and out there. You cannot just forget that. And try and convince me that what he did was violent conduct." The coach said: "It should have been a yellow card and it would have been a very different story now. It will be very sad if people react against him, especially the crowds. "I hope people will stop and think about all the good things and all his good games. I think he is a strong character and he will bounce back from this. He can take it on the chin. "And if he does learn from it, he can help to eliminate all the little things which may have interfered with him on the football side of things." Beckham was visibly upset when he left the stadium on Tuesday night, a baseball cap pulled down tight over his trademark bleached hair -- cut in a style to match that of his fiancee. He was expected to leave France with the rest of the England squad later on Wednesday, flying by Concorde to Heathrow.
David Beckham "sorry"

Subject: BECKHAM SAYS SORRY BECKHAM SAYS SORRY By Ian Parkes, PA Sport England red card villain David Beckham has issued a heart-felt apology to the nation for his sending-off shame in Tuesday night's World Cup second round clash with Argentina. Beckham has been roundly criticised by fellow professionals, managers and fans alike for his display of retaliatory petulance which coach Glenn Hoddle has already admitted cost his side potential glory. The Manchester United winger was given his marching orders two minutes into the second half, and with the game delicately poised at 2-2, as he lashed out with his right boot at Diego Simeone directly in front of referee Kim Neilsen. Although England fought valiantly for almost 75 minutes with 10 men, they eventually suffered a third soul-destroying penalty shootout defeat in a major tournament - with the finger of blame pointing firmly at Beckham. But in a statement today, the 23-year-old said: "This is without doubt the worst moment of my career. I will always regret my actions during last night's game. "I have apologised to the England players and management and I want every England supporter to know how deeply sorry I am. "I only hope that I will have the opportunity in the future to be part of a successful England team in the European Championships and World Cup." c PA Sporting Life
David Beckham "sorry"

X-Sun-Charset: US-ASCII Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 17:15:34 +0100 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Steven Rix Subject: Hoddle defends Beckham, who says sorry To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU >From UK teletext WWW pages: 'DON'T MAKE BECKHAM A SCAPEGOAT' - HODDLE Glenn Hoddle has pleaded for David Beckham not to be made a scapegoat for England's World Cup exit. And Hoddle insisted that Beckham should not have been red carded after he had kicked out at Argentina midfielder Diego Simeone two minutes into the second half of their second-round clash in Saint-Etienne. Hoddle said: "It was a mistake. It was a foolish thing to do, and he has got to realise he can't do that sort of thing at this level of football. But it would be wrong to put the blame on David Beckham's shoulders or anybody's shoulders." He added: "It was a mistake but we can't go overboard about it and I'm not looking for someone to blame. "Dennis Bergkamp made a more violent challenge the night before for Holland but the referee did not see it and he got away with it. "If anyone could convince me what David Beckham did was violent conduct then yes he should have been sent off. But it wasn't violent conduct. "If he had have been given a yellow card instead then people wouldn't today be trying to make him a scapegoat for what happened. I hope they don't do that. "He did react in a foolish way but we've got to keep the balance right. He has got a wonderful talent which could really develop over the next few years. Why do we always need a scapegoat in a case like this?" ====================================================================== BECKHAM IS SO SORRY Soccer star David Beckham has apologised to England fans and said he was "deeply sorry" for last night's red card incident. His sending-off against Argentina shattered England's World Cup chances and a subdued Beckham said: "This is without doubt the worst moment of my career." The Manchester United midfielder held his hands up in the face of widespread criticism following his petulant act of retaliation during last night's heart-stopping match. In his apology, the 23-year-old said: "I will always regret my actions during last night's game. "I have apologised to the England players and management and I want every England supporter to know how deeply sorry I am." The apology came as he and his team-mates, who courageously battled on without him into extra time but eventually lost in a penalty shootout, returned home from France on Concorde. Although England fought valiantly for almost 75 minutes with 10 men, they eventually suffered a third soul-destroying penalty shootout defeat in a major tournament - with the finger of blame pointing firmly at Beckham. But the golden boy - hailed as a hero for a brilliant free kick goal less than a week ago - has not written off his ambition to pursue a successful international career. Pledging that he will fight back he said: "I only hope that I will have the opportunity in the future to be part of a successful England team in the European Championships and World Cup." ===================================================================== Steve Rix
David Beckham "sorry"

X-MailServer: ThaiMail (www.thaimail.com) X-Organization: A.R. Information and Publication Co.,Ltd. X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-mailer: AspMail 2.61 (SMTP89610A) Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 09:10:00 +0700 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Woraporn Poonyakanok Subject: England go down fighting (Telegraph) England go down fighting By Ben Fenton in St Etienne ENGLAND's dream of World Cup glory disintegrated in an dramatic penalty shoot-out last night. They were beaten 4-3 on penalties by Argentina after the Manchester United midfielder David Beckham had been sent off for violent conduct. An extraordinary game ended after 90 minutes at 2-2. There was then 30 minutes extra time without a golden goal. England played both brilliant and brave football. There was further controversy in the first period of extra time when Chamot, the Argentinian defender, seemed to handle the ball in the penalty area, unnoticed by the Danish referee. It looked like another "Hand of God" incident, echoing the illegal goal punched into the net by Maradona in the 1986 World Cup to beat England. That, too, was not seen by the referee. Sol Campbell had a goal disallowed six minutes before the end of normal time and the team never gave up, driven forward by vocal support from 12,000 fans. England played most of the second half with only 10 men after Beckham was sent off by the Danish referee. Despite wearing an all-white strip for the first time since they beat the same opponents 1-0 on their way to winning the 1966 World Cup, England foundered for lack of Beckham's creative skills. They had trailed from a penalty as early as the fifth minute, which led to fighting behind David Seaman's goal as segregation disappeared and rival fans mingled. Stewards did well to keep the English fans off their intended targets and there was little sign of reprisal from the Argentinian supporters. But the policing of the stadium left a great deal to be desired and one small group of Englishmen and women who had somehow found their way into the official Argentinian section of the ground had to be led out shortly before half time. Even after the outbreak of fighting, there seemed no attempt to increase the number of stewards, still less introduce police officers. England equalised after nine minutes when Owen beat his marker and raced into the box only to be brought down. Shearer scored from the penalty spot. Then just seven minutes later, capitalising on a pass of great vision from Beckham, Owen showed just what a great player he already is, running 30 yards and shredding the opposition's defence before beating Carlos Roa in the Argentinian goal. But Argentina began to play with more confidence and scored from a free kick with the last play of the first half. The second period began disastrously for England, with Beckham, flattened by the Argentinian captain Simeone, sent off for retaliating as he lay on the ground. Television replays suggested that Simeone made the most of an innocuous gesture by the England midfielder. Kim Nielsen, the referee, produced the yellow card for Simeone, but then stunned the crowd by waving the red card at Beckham. He was the first Englishman to be sent off in a World Cup match since Ray Wilkins against Morocco in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1986. The inequality of numbers began to tell and Ariel Ortega made a series of telling runs into England's area. A record television audience watched last night's second-round match. Among the estimated audience of 28 million were the Prime Minister and his children and, although the Queen was expected at a dinner party, she appeared eager to support the national side. During a visit to Dundee, she was asked if she would be cheering on England and said: "Well I think one should. They're going to have a very difficult job, I think." Tony Blair said: "The whole country is right behind the English team and we are going to have our fingers and everything crossed. I am sure they will go out there and be a credit to the whole country." Sir Alf Ramsey, England's 1966 manager, had wished Glenn Hoddle's team "every success" from his hospital bed in Ipswich where he was recovering from a mild stroke. The huge viewing figures have meant that traffic on the nation's roads had been cut by up to 80 per cent every time England have played so far in the tournament. Last night's winning team moves on to the challenge of Holland, the form team so far, in the quarter final to be played in Marseilles on Saturday. In the tournament earlier yesterday, Croatia beat Yugoslavia 1-0. ----- Woraporn Poonyakanok United home page: http://fly.to/fon Feeling blue in the rain after last night
David Beckham "sorry"

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 21:52:48 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Beckham (D.Mail) All united in the folly of Beckham The Daily Mail July 1, 1998 Manchester United were today preparing to close ranks behind David Beckham following his second half red card which effectively cost England a place in the World Cup quarter-finals. United manager Alex Ferguson was critical of England coach Glenn Hoddle's decision to allow Beckham to be interviewed following his disappointment at being left out of England's first match in France against Tunisia. Ferguson will make sure that his talented -- but sometimes undisciplined young star -- will be guided carefully, during the stinging criticism which will inevitably come his way following his sending-off against Argentina . Hoddle chose his words carefully today when, clearly devastated by England's exit, he said: 'The sending-off changed the game. "The sending-off was disappointing -- foolish -- but David Beckham has other World Cups to learn from his mistakes. "It is obviously something which David has to learn from. I expected a yellow card." Middlesbrough's former Arsenal star Paul Merson was critical of Beckham when he said: "The way it has been in this World Cup, it shouldn't have happened. "You can't blame the referee for giving him a red card. We always said that this tournament would be won by the team who kept their discipline. That means all 22 players out there on the pitch." Even Newcastle's David Batty , who has been known to find trouble with referees, admitted: "We on the bench were not surprised he went. I've seen players sent off for less than that." Hoddle is sure to stay on and lead England in the European Championship qualifying matches, which start with Sweden in less than two months. "We have to take it on the chin, get back up again and get ready for the next tournament," Hoddle said. "This team will get better and better. We feel proud but so, so disappointed. "The boys couldn't have given anymore. They gave every ounce of energy and to play that amount of time with 10 men, amid the exertion of it all, is a magnificent achievement. "We have achieved something without actually going through and that is sad. "I think the nation will be proud of the team. We came very close to achieving what would have been the most heroic, historic victory. "To have it taken away from us was a bitter pill to swallow. "It can sound like excuses but there was a definite handball by one of their defenders. We all saw it on the bench. "It's not only David Beckham who has to get over it though -- it is every single one of them."
David Beckham "sorry"

Pagliuca chides Simeone for 'play-acting' Reuters July 1, 1998 SENLIS, France -- Italy's Gianluca Pagliuca chided his Inter Milan team mate Diego Simeone on Wednesday for "play-acting" and provoking the dismissal of England's David Beckham in Argentina's World Cup victory. "I know Simeone well and he made a drama out of it," the Italian goalkeeper said. "Mamma mia, the refereeing was terrible last night. Not just the penalty decisions and the dismissal but other things like the offside decisions too." Danish referee Kim Milton Nielsen sent Beckham off in the 47th minute of Tuesday's second round match for retaliating after the England player had been flattened by Simeone. Beckham, still lying face down on the pitch, and appearing not to notice Simeone, lifted his lower legs and kicked the Argentine on the back of the leg. Simeone fell backwards. The referee dismissed Beckham and booked the Argentina captain for his original foul. Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro, who plays against Simeone in Serie A, said he too thought the Argentine had played up the incident. "It was a shame to see," the Parma fullback said. ``But the real fault lies with the referee for misreading the situation. "Maybe both players should have been booked, Beckham for his reaction and Simeone for the foul and for pretending to be hurt. It wasn't a sending off offence." England played most of the second half and all of extra time without Beckham. They kept the score at 2-2 but lost the penalty shootout 4-3.
David Beckham "sorry"

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