David Beckham was sensationally shunted out of a place on the Olympic football team, decided by Team GB boss, and manager of Manchester City, Stuart, now dubbed “Stu-pid” Pearce.
Pearce was able to select three “over-age” players, consisting of Craig Bellamy, Micah Richards and media stud Ryan Giggs over the 37 year old Beckham, who also became an ambassador for the Olympic Bid (in 2005) with some of Britain’s sporting heroes including Athletics runner, Dame Kelly Holmes, and Politician Tony Blair, to name a few.
The patron, who made it clear he would love to represent the country, once again, was left in seclusion by the decision.
Many once again question the validity of the Olympic Games, its organisers and Pearce.
In 1994, Pearce verbally cast a racial slur at player Paul Ince, calling him a black c**t. Pearce later admitted this, and claimed it “was not appropriate at the time.” Pearce has also been a raging alcoholic in the past.
Former England defender Danny Mills claimed “Stuart Pearce doesn’t always like confrontation and he’s struggled with big players in the past. Maybe he’s thinking that what Beckham brings with him is too much to handle.” Pearce instead felt Ryan Giggs, fresh off his own public misdemeanours, would bypass this problem.
Beckham has an astonishing 109 caps, surpassing the late Bobby Moore’s record in the sport.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp stated that “Stuart can kiss goodbye to a knighthood but credit him for being brave. He’s the manager and should pick who he wants.”
Even Newcastle native Alan Shearer chipped in. “I’m amazed as I thought he was going to be part of it after all he’s done getting the Olympics to London. “If Stuart Pearce had no intention of playing him, the very least he could have done was tell him so earlier.”
Chairman of the Olympic committee Lord Coe is expected to give Beckham a role for the event somewhere, for his sterling work in putting a stamp on the occasion.
Spurs midfielder Harry Kane also believed Beckham would have encouraged more dignified youth in football, as well sport overall – “David Beckham was down here at Spurs when he was getting fit, and it was amazing to see him in the dressing room, to talk to him because he has been through it all and is one of the greatest role models ever,” when Becks participated in a few training sessions at the hotspot down in Chigwell, Essex.
Becks also had two sites, one in L.A and the other in London comprising the David Beckham Academy, set up in 2005, encouraging others to train in football, which was forced to close in 2009.
Some people come to see Beckham for his talent; others come to see his raw hotness. Either way, with David out of the squad, most ticket sales look gloomier than usual. Many would have paid to see Beckham, without a shadow of a doubt.
If there’s one man in football, who strikes a chord with everyone, in a positive light, its David Beckham.