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Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

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David Moyes insists new Sir Alex Ferguson book and theatre tour will not be a distraction for Manchester United

The retired manager is set to reveal some secrets from his time at Old Trafford

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The 39-year-old has been pictured training alongside Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker at Arsenal's London Colney training base

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Edinburgh 2013: The Three Lions - Prince William meets Davids Cameron and Beckham in this old-fashioned farce

When David Beckham turned up at the Royal Wedding, many were baffled by the friendship between the footballer and the future King. What on earth could they have to talk about? Grammar and hair products, for a start. At least that's how William Gaminara imagines it in his witty new comedy, The Three Lions.

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Transfer news: Gareth Bale among 'best three or four players in Europe' according to Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas

Real goalkeeper has had his say on the possible transfer as the asking price from Spurs could be anything from £80m to £130m

Mark Johnston: The trainer could augment his fine record at Goodwood with Oriental Fox

Garswood primed for glory at Goodwood

Frankel himself struggled to preserve the dignity of Glorious Goodwood last year, when obliged to compete with the London Olympics. Today the  fixture’s claims as the most charming ritual of the British Turf are threatened with dilution only by the weather forecast, which has rather too equivocal a look for the liking of either punters or aesthetes. The latter most cherish the swaying backdrop of cornfields and woodland when bathed in sunlight; while the former have more practical distaste for rain clouds.

David Beckham gives the 'thumbs up' to fans

The next Live and Kicking? David Beckham to star in new Sky Sports TV show

David Beckham is to star in a new children’s breakfast show aimed at encouraging more young people to play sport.

David Beckham has urged Wayne Rooney to stay at Manchester United

David Beckham pleads with Wayne Rooney to stay with Manchester United and gives his backing to David Moyes

Former England captain wants striker to remain with club to help Moyes retain the league title for United

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian sporting director Leonardo speaks to the press after a hearing at the disciplinary commission of the French Football League

PSG announce Leonardo is to step down as sporting director

The Brazilian had been banned for the forthcoming season

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David Beckham finally agrees deal to donate £3.4m PSG wages to French children's charities

Two French children’s charities are about to receive a €4m (£3.4m) windfall from David Beckham, The Independent understands.

Rivals trail behind fast-growing Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's will cement its position as the fastest-growing of the listed supermarkets this week by posting another rise in revenue.

A tearful David Beckham played his last home game last weekend

David Beckham left out of final Paris St-Germain match of the season

Superstar has played his last competitive match

David Beckham is thrown into the air after his last match, with the French team also celebrating the league title (AFP/Getty Images)

David Beckham will not become football manager predicts Kevin Keegan

The former England captain is to retire from playing

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