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Beckham under fire over whisky endorsement

David Beckham has come under fire from an alcohol charity after agreeing to endorse a new whisky.

Alcohol Concern said it was "incredibly disappointing" that the star had agreed to put his name to Haig Club, a new whisky produced by drinks giants Diageo.

The charity called on the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy player to pull out of the deal.

David Beckham speaking at the launch of his new football team in Miami at the start of February Credit: GASTON DE CARDENAS/EFE/Press Association Images

"It's incredibly disappointing that David Beckham, a global icon who has wide appeal to children has chosen to use his sports star image to promote spirits," said Emily Robinson, deputy chief executive of Alcohol Concern.

Ms Robinson said a sporting icon like Beckham promoting an alcoholic drink would "send a confusing message" to children.

But Diageo insisted it had "very stringent" guidelines on its marketing and the company was "completely clear" that alcohol should only ever be drunk by adults.

A spokeswoman also pointed out that Beckham would be leading the responsible drinking programme for Haig Club.

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David Beckham visits typhoon-devastated Philippines

David Beckham has visited the Philippines as part of Unicef's relief efforts in the devastated country.

The former England captain was welcomed by hundreds of Typhoon victims in the central city of Tacloban who have been living in United Nations tents outside a sports stadium.

David Beckham greets victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city in central Philippines. Credit: Reuters

The 38-year-old exchanged high-fives and posed for pictures with children.

Tacloban is still struggling to recover from the impact of Typhoon Haiyan which struck last November killing 6,200 people and displacing thousands more.

Former England captain David Beckham arrives at an evacuation centre to visit typhoon victims. Credit: Reuters

Zafrin Chowdhury, a spokeswoman for the Unicef office in Manila, said Beckham was touched by the typhoon's impact and wanted to meet displaced children and their families.

Beckham and his wife Victoria have previously donated some of their designer clothes and shoes to raise funds for the victims of the disaster.

Read: We all fell silent when we saw the dreadful devastation

David Beckham's Miami team seeks private investors

David Beckham said he will not seek public funding for his new football club in Miami.

He said: "We don't want public money, we will fund the stadium ourselves, it is something that we have worked very hard on.

David Beckham recieved a Miami scarf from football fans Credit: RTV

The former England midfielder has taken up the option to buy a new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami."We are going to have the right investors, and I'm not just talking about wealth but people who have a passion for the game as well," Mr Beckham added.

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Beckham: 'Players already interested in Miami team'

David Beckham reveals he has a list of potential players to join his new football team in Miami. "Players are already calling me up to ask me when Miami is happening," he said.

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Beckham stresses contacts made during career. 'Players are already interested in coming to Miami.'

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David Beckham has revealed that he wants to bring some of the best players to Miami and claims some are already interested. #MLS

Search starts for a stadium for Beckham's Miami team

David Beckham's new football team will not start playing the Major League Soccer until at least 2016.

With no stadium to play in, one of Mr Beckham team's first task will be finding a suitable site for the club's home venue.

David Beckham announces his plans for Miami football club Credit: RTV

Asked about public investment into the team, Mr Beckham said he is not looking for government grants. "We don't want public funding. We want to fund the stadium ourselves," he said.

Mr Beckham announced his plans to build a new team in Miami. Starting the team from scratch, he is outlining the next steps in the process of securing the franchise.

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