David Beckham’s mum reveals she was ‘offered outside’ by football thug after England legend’s World Cup 1998 red card
DAVID BECKHAM’S mum was “offered outside” by a football thug after the England legend received a red card at the 1998 World Cup.
Sandra Beckham revealed she had a tough time after son David was sent off in England’s last-16 penalty shootout loss to Argentina – and became public enemy No1.
Beckham saw red after lashing out at Diego Simeone.
The Three Lions then went out of the tournament in France after drawing 2-2 then losing 4-3 on penalties.
The former Manchester United ace was heavily criticised for not keeping his cool and received a barrage of abuse, including an effigy of him being hung outside a pub.
Becks’ mother Sandra has revealed she was also targeted by trolls when she watched her son play at Upton Park following the World Cup.
In the new Netflix documentary “Beckham”, Sandra recalled the events in 1998 and how she was once “offered outside” by a West Ham hooligan.
She said: “It was awful. I was sitting there and a woman had her newspaper, showing the picture of him hanging.
“I was getting angry with the way they were shouting about him. There was one fan who asked me to go outside.
“Like ‘come on then, outside’! It is not nice as a parent to see that happening. It makes me want to cry now.”
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The England icon also opened up about the abuse and how it affected his family – which changed his life forever.
Beckham, who was left a “mess” by the backlash, said in the documentary: “It brought a lot of attention that I would never wish on my parents and I can never forgive myself for that.
“That is the tough part of what was happening then. I was the one who made the mistake. It is only now that I am 47 years old, it is now that I beat myself up about it.”
The abuse was so bad his best pal David Gardner revealed Beckham’s mates would not trust him to go out by himself after the red card saga.
Gardner said: ” “He would walk down the street and people would be spitting at him. People would barge into him, shout f***ing this, f*** that.
“We had to take turns in taking him to the toilet. You would have to follow him to the toilet because you couldn’t leave him alone.
“We probably broke the world record for the fastest walk between bars at times.
“You get into the car and you get to traffic lights. That’s the worst place to be, in traffic.
“People would get out of their cars, wind windows down, banging on the window. It was crazy. But he never reacted, not once.”
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