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Seven people injured in stampede over David Beckham in China

  • 20 June 2013
  • From the section Asia

At least seven people have been hurt in a stampede in China, which happened when the football star David Beckham arrived at Shanghai Tongji University.

Witnesses said about 1,000 fans rushed forward, as former England star Mr Beckham arrived and waved to them.

The retired star was there to meet members of the university team, as an ambassador to the Chinese Super League.

Fans pushed through a police cordon, and students, police and university security guards were injured.

Chu Dan, a Tongji University player, described the situation as "too crazy".

"We didn't expect so many people showing up here. Too many fans of Beckham," he said.

The event was subsequently cancelled and Shanghai police said they would investigate.

A post from David Beckham, on the popular Chinese social media site Weibo, wished the injured speedy recoveries and expresses regret for the cancellation.

The 38-year-old star is in China on a seven-day promotional tour for China's top football league.

He began his new role as "image ambassador" when he announced his retirement from professional football, having won the French league title with his team, Paris Saint-Germain.

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