David Beckham is moving on from his post as “Soccer Ambassador to the United States” and is now working as the soccer ambassador to China. The Chinese league is paying handsomely to have David Beckham’s clean-cut image come rehabilitate their league. Their league has been plagued by corruption and foul play.
So 1,000 people, mostly students and young people, cause a stampede to try to catch a glimpse of the soccer super star.
Among the victims was a female police officer as the young people flattened a wall of security She was carried away with blood streaming from a face wound. Another male officer was pictured lying on the ground unconscious from a bloody head wound.
“I think that the main problem for the hosting organization might be that for us students we were all so ‘enthusiastic’ when we saw him,” student Yang Ruocheng said. “In China we call it ‘enthusiastic.’ For him it might seem like a mess, but I just feel that this is what we Chinese football fans call ‘enthusiastic.’”
The stampede left seven people injured and forced his visit to be cancelled.
“Beckham didn’t finish what he scheduled to do here because of today’s disorder,” student Zhoh Xiru said. “He just walked around in the field and left. I think the impression of Tongji University in Beckham’s mind must be bad. It’s left a terrible impression.”
Beckham had this to say about the Chinese League:
“People questioned why I wanted to be involved in something that, like I said, in the past had a bad name or there was corruption was involved. For me, the past is the past. This is the future, I’m excited about the future, I’m excited about the league, that is in a very good position right now.”