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David Beckham wants support for Qatar World Cup

David Beckham has urged everyone to get behind the 2022 Qatar World Cup, whether or not there was corruption involved.

David Beckham has urged everyone to get behind the Qatar World Cup. Credit: PA

The Man United legend branded Fifa's scandals "disgusting" but believes the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should not be moved.

Football's world governing body has been in crisis since May when 14 executives were indicted as part an FBI investigation into corruption and last week 16 more officials were charged by US authorities.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini are each serving a 90-day suspension while a Swiss criminal investigation into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar was launched earlier this year.

Speaking in the Radio Times Christmas edition, Beckham, who was part of the FA delegation aiming to win the 2018 bid, said:

Whether it's corrupt or not, those countries have been chosen. People need to get behind that.

It's about bringing football to new countries. They should stick with it. They'll make it work.

– David Beckham speaking to the Radio Times


MLS backs Beckham's Miami venue

David Beckham. Credit: PA

Major League Soccer has given its backing to David Beckham's proposed stadium site for his planned expansion team in Miami.

Earlier this week, Beckham's team of investors acquired land in Miami's Overtown neighbourhood after more than a year searching for a viable home for the team - with three previous plans coming to nothing.

In order to go ahead with development, Beckham needed the approval of MLS and got that on Saturday night following a meeting of the league's Board of Governors on the eve of the MLS Cup final.

"We are very supportive of Miami Beckham United's plans to locate their stadium in the City of Miami's Overtown neighbourhood," said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a statement.

"Their vision for a world-class venue within the urban core that is accessible by mass transportation is impressive, and we believe it will be an important part of the continued revitalisation of the area.

"We look forward to working with David and his partners to finalise plans to bring Major League Soccer to Miami."


Beckham backs Giggs to be Man United boss

David Beckham will be back at Old Trafford next month. Credit: PA

David Beckham is convinced Ryan Giggs will be a successful Manchester United manager one day.

Beckham will grace the pitch at Old Trafford once more next month when he takes part in a charity match which aims to raise funds for UNICEF.

I have always said that Giggsy has this streak running through him that you see in top managers.

I saw it as a player. He is so determined and when you have got someone like that at a club like this, someone who is from this part of the world and knows so much about this club - it's so embedded into him - it means so much to fans, so I hope that at some point Giggsy does take over.

It might not be for the next five or 10 years but at some point it would be amazing for the fans to have him.

To have Giggsy sat on the line preparing himself to become a manager is exciting.

– David Beckham
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