David Beckham wins libel damages over false model claims

The 34-year-old England star was not at London’s High Court for the settlement of his case against Express Group Newspapers over an article which appeared in The Daily Star in April.

His solicitor, Gerrard Tyrrell, told Mr Justice Eady that the serious and defamatory allegations were completely untrue.

The front page story, which was headed Becks And The Blonde Beauty and Topless Model Claims She Was Chatted Up By Footie Star, was also published on the newspaper’s website.

It claimed that Beckham had “made a play” for Ms Fogarasy after a recent AC Milan match in Hungary and that he had been emailing her with “private party” invitations since they “got close” after the match.

Mr Tyrrell said the newspaper now accepted that Beckham did not behave in the manner described and unequivocally retracted the allegations.

Kate Wilson, counsel for Express Group Newspapers, which has agreed to pay Beckham substantial damages and his legal costs, apologised to him and his family for the distress, embarrassment and injury caused.

SOURCE: The Telegraph

Beckhams’ former nanny apologises for breaching confidentiality

David and Victoria Beckham’s former nanny apologised to the couple in the high court today for disclosing private and confidential information about them after her resignation.

Abbie Gibson has agreed to give the Beckhams “permanent undertakings of confidentiality”, Mr Justice Eady heard.

Their solicitor, Gerrard Tyrrell, told the court: “Ms Gibson has also agreed to the withdrawal of her claim for constructive dismissal that she made against the claimants which was issued in the employment tribunal in August 2005.”

He said Gibson had “unconditionally apologised to David and Victoria Beckham and their family for breaching her duties of confidence”.

The proceedings against Gibson resulted from the publication of an article in the News of the World in April 2005, headlined “Beckhams behind closed doors”, for which she was paid £125,000. The Beckhams failed to stop the story being published. Read more

Beckham gives in-laws $16mn Palm home

England football star David Beckham has given his $16 million mansion on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah to the parents of his pop singer wife Victoria, press reports said on Sunday.

British weekly tabloid News of the World reported on Sunday that Beckham has given the keys to the waterfront villa on the palm-shape artificial island to his in-laws Tony and Jackie Adams, parents of ‘Posh’ Spice Girls singer, Victoria.

“David realised he was not going to be able to spend any time in Dubai,” said a source close to 32-year old Beckham, who now plays for Los Angeles football team, LA Galaxy.

“He’s got his commitments in Los Angeles and it’s a long trip, especially when he still has to spend a lot of time in London – so he discussed it with Victoria and decided that the Dubai place would be a really special present for her parents.” Continue

David Beckham Visited Sierra Leone Last Weekend

Famed English soccer star David Beckham met with children in the mostly deprived border district of Koinadugu last Saturday as part of his role as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, the U.N. child agency.

The LA Galaxy midfielder arrived late on Friday January 18th and left yesterday Sunday January 20th 2008 after travelling by road to Kabala near the border with Guinea.

Sierra Leone’s Infant and maternal mortality are among the highest in the world especially because roads, schools and hospitals were devastated by the civil conflict.

“He’s here as a guest of UNICEF,” the charity’s spokeswoman Alison Parker told Reuters International News Agency by telephone.

“He’s covering programmes on child survival in Sierra Leone; visiting a number of UNICEF programmes in the northern part of the country on malaria prevention and immunisation.” Parker added.

Beckham, a former England captain has been visiting a number of projects set up by the United Nations agency in his role as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Beckham, who has been a Unicef ambassador since 2005, is visiting centres which care for malaria sufferers, a disease which kills at least 800,000 children under the age of five each year in sub-Saharan Africa.

Beckham is idolised by football lovers in West Africa but his visit here to Sierra Leone was very low-key thus preventing him from socialising with his numerous football fans here in Sierra Leone.

SOURCE: Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Money Face-Off: Tiger Woods vs. David Beckham

Tiger Woods, unarguably the world’s greatest golfer, or David Beckham, the world’s best-know soccer player — in which would you invest?

The industry that is Tiger has shown consistent growth in earnings, with PGA winnings in his first 13 years as a pro exceeding $70 million. His presence in a golf tournament boosts television ratings by 50% or more. He almost single-handedly established Nike in the golf equipment world. He holds the #5 place in Forbes’ Celebrity 100 and was #2 in press clippings in 2005. Nike (NYSE: NKE), Buick (NYSE: GM), American Express (NYSE: AXP), Accenture, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) and Tag Heuer are among the companies that shovel buckets of cash his way in return for his endorsement.

David Beckham is no slouch in the cash category, either. The Times estimates the soccer star brings in a cool $40+ million for endorsements, including Adidas, ESPN, and Motorola (NYSE: MOT). Even in soccer-lite America, he has 51.9% recognition, more than twice that of NBA MVP Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs. Continue

Pre-stardom Beckham was a hard worker

The David Beckham you see today, the superstar lifestyle and all the trappings of the rich and famous, is in sharp contrast to the young David Beckham of humble origins.

“He was a young kid, very respectful and he worked very, very hard,” said Paul Mariner, assistant coach with the New England Revolution and a former England international himself. “You could see he cared about what he was doing and he has carried that through in his career. He had unbelievable role models with Manchester United and the national team and that helped him.”

Revolution head coach Steve Nicol recalls Beckham as “not a player who was going to run past you or dribble past you, he was going to pass the ball past you.”

Nicol was near the end of his playing career with Sheffield Wednesday when he defended against Beckham for the final time. Read more

FIFA warn Galaxy over Beckham

FIFA have warned Los Angeles Galaxy they will not be able to prevent David Beckham playing in England friendlies.

Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas only wants to release the midfielder for competitive internationals, but FIFA insist the club will have no choice if Beckham continues to be picked by England manager Steve McClaren.

A FIFA spokesman said: “The same rules apply for everybody – for all national associations, for any club, for any player.

“Players must be released for friendly or competitive games if they are on the international calendar and the required notice is given.

“Under the regulations, all players are equal.”

Galaxy have sold thousands of season tickets on the back of Beckham’s arrival but with England matches coming up against Israel, Russia twice and Estonia – with the possibilities of friendlies in between – he would be needed on this side of the Atlantic.

SOURCE: The Bolton News

David Beckham’s highs and lows and Real Madrid Read

HIGH – July 1 2003 completes signing with Real Madrid from Manchester United for £25m.

HIGH – Instantly becomes a hit with the Real fans and scores five times in first 16 matches.

LOW – April 2004: his affair with personal assistant Rebecca Loos is revealed. Tabloid frenzy.

LOW – Euro 2004: Beckham is among those who miss penalties as England lose shoot-out to Portugal and go out in the quarter finals.

LOW – July 2004: An intruder scales the walls of his home carrying a petrol can while Victoria and their children were in. Security guards apprehend the man before he gets to the house.

LOW – October 9 2004: Controversially admits intentionally fouling Ben Thatcher in a England/ Wales friendly. The yellow card he received gave him a suspension coincided with a game he was going to miss through injury anyway.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he is astonished by Beckham’s admission and “disappointed with his behaviour”.

LOW – 2005/6 Real Madrid season: Team finishes disappointing second to Barcelona with a 12 point gap.

HIGH– World Cup 2006: Beckham’s free kick leads to own goal in opening match against Paraguay. The goal is the only one of the game.

He also scores the only goal in the second round game against Ecuador.

LOW– World Cup 2006: England crash out of the World Cup on penalties to Portugal in the quarter finals. Beckham substituted off before the end of the game.

Beckham resigns as England captain after criticism of his performance during the tournament.

LOW – Dropped from England team by new coach Steve McClaren.

LOW – 2006/7 Real Madrid season: Out of favour with coach Fabio Capello. Starts only a few games.

LOW – January 10 2007: Real Madrid announce Beckham will be leaving in the summer.

SOURCE: Metro.co.uk