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Beckham 'sickened' after Fifa misled him over World Cup bid

David Beckham has described Fifa's failings as "despicable, unacceptable and awful."

David Beckham was part of the England Fifa World Cup bid team with prince William in 2010. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The former England captain said he was left with a "sick feeling" after being misled by Fifa executive committee members who pledged their support for the FA's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, which was eventually awarded to Russia.

Some of the things that we now know happened were despicable, unacceptable and awful for the game we love so much.

Whilst it has not been good to read some of the headlines surrounding our sport recently, I hope at last we are now moving in the right direction.

Football is not owned by a few individuals at the top, it belongs to the millions of people around the world who love this sport.

It is time for Fifa to change and we should all welcome it.

– David Beckham statement

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David Beckham has turned 40 today Credit: Press Association

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Beckham reveals Sir Alex told him to shave off his Mohawk in Wembley toilets

Sir Alex didn't approve. Credit: PA

David Beckham has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson told him to shave off his Mohawk haircut just an hour before Manchester United were due to play Chelsea in the Charity Shield.

Sir Alex put a whole new spin on his 'hairdryer treatment' by telling Beckham to go to the toilets in the stadium and shave off the hairstyle.

Beckham told the Graham Norton Show in an episode to be broadcast on Friday night: "I was in the dressing room with an hour to go before kick off when Sir Alex Ferguson saw it and made me shave it off.

"I said no at first and then I saw his face change very quickly so I went and shaved it off in the toilet.

"He was very strict. It was the reputation of the club, he wanted all the players to look professional and he felt it wasn’t the right look. We were playing at Wembley too, so he kind of had a point!"

Beckham played the game in 2000 with a shaved head. Credit: PA
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