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Beckham granted licence for MLS franchise in Miami

David Beckham has been working on launching his MLS franchise for several years. Credit: PA

Miami has been granted a Major League Soccer franchise, to be part-owned by David Beckham, MLS commissioner Don Garber has announced.

The long-awaited launch brings to a close years of planning for Beckham's ownership group after they struggled to find a location for a new stadium.

The 42-year-old exercised his option to purchase an MLS expansion team in 2014 after joining Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

The press conference took place at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center and members of Beckham's ownership group were also be present.

The announcement takes the number of teams in the league to 25, with Los Angeles FC and Nashville taking up 23rd and 24th places respectively.

The former Manchester United star promised to bring the world's top players to Miami in 2014, saying he would make a global football team "loved by millions of people".

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Reports: Justin Bieber spotted on beach in Panama

Justin Bieber has reportedly flown to Panama after pictures appearing to show him on a beach were widely published.

It follows the US singer's arrest in Miami on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs and resisting arrest.

He was released from police custody on Thursday.

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Justin Bieber thanks Beliebers after court appearance

Justin Bieber has thanked his fans for their support following his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs and resisting arrest in Miami.

'Why did you do it?' Young Bieber fan's letter to star

An eight-year-old 'Belieber' left heartbroken by the pop star's arrest in Miami has penned a touching open letter to her idol, asking "Why did you do it?"

Justin Bieber's official mugshot following his arrest on DUI charges in Miami Credit: Reuters

The fan, who signed her letter as 'Serafina, Age 8, Ohio', opened her note by telling the singer she was "very disappointed", adding that she loved "most" of his songs.

Addressing his alleged drag racing exploits, she asked: "Didn't you know it was a bad thing to do?"

Serafina has been a fan of the "Boyfriend" singer since she was three, her mother told Fox News, which printed a copy of the hand-written note.

Ending the letter, Serafina told the 19-year-old star: "I think you should be disappointed in yourself. Just take a minute to think about what you did."

Lady Gaga urges fans to support Bieber after arrest

Lady Gaga has urged her fans to offer support to Justin Bieber and his fans or "Beliebers" following his arrest and charges for drunk driving.

Lady Gaga at a news conference in December last year Credit: REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Gaga posted a message on her website asking fans to "spread love and compassion to Beliebers" and suggested twitter users tweet using #MonstersSupportBeliebers.

"We may not understand everything celebrities do because there's only so much we see, but Justin and Beliebers were 'born this way' too," she added

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