- Title: USA: DAVID BECKHAM INVOLVED IN A SCUFFLE AFTER ARRIVING IN NEW YORK
- Date: 2nd July 1998
- Summary: NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JULY 1, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. DRIVER WITH SIGN 'BECKHAM' WAITING AT ARRIVAL AREA 2. SCUFFLE OUTSIDE ARRIVAL HALL, DAVID BECKHAM INSIDE CAR 3. CAR DOOR OPENED BY PHOTOGRAPHER, BECKHAM LEANS ACROSS 4. CAR AWAY 5. SIGN 'SPICE GIRLS - SOLD OUT' AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 6. MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 17th July 1998 13:00
- Location: NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVADB1XILE4P28PXE76WC7EZ732E
- Story Text: David Beckham was involved in a scuffle in New York where he flew after being sent off in a game that ended with England going out of the World Cup.
Beckham arrived at John F.Kennedy Airport on Wednesday (July 1) on his way to see a performance by his fiancee, 'Spice Girls' singer Victoria Adams.
Beckham seemed anxious to avoid the media, but one photographer opened the door of his smoked-glass limousine and attempted to take pictures before being pushed away.
The 23-year-old midfielder was sent off in the 47th minute of England's second round match against Argentina on Tuesday.
The score was 2-2 when he was dismissed, leaving his 10 team mates to fight a rearguard action which eventually went to extra time and a penalty shootout won 4-3 by Argentina.
Afterwards, Beckham issued a public apology for his actions, which were widely blamed in the English press for losing his country the match.
Later, he learnt that he had been banned for two games, which means he will miss the first two qualifiers for the 2000 European championship.
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