David Beckham leaves the game in the second half against AC Milan at The Home Depot Center.
David Beckham leaves the game in the second half against AC Milan at The Home Depot Center.

Beckham booed by fans



David Beckham received a rocky reception from disgruntled Galaxy fans in his return to Los Angeles yesterday as his Major League Soccer club played to a 2-2 draw with his recent Italian club AC Milan. The English star, who missed the first half of the MLS season while on loan to AC Milan, was booed during introductions and again on his first several touches of the ball. Leaving the pitch at halftime he approached a section of stands where anti-Beckham banners were displayed and appeared to shout something.

A fan jumped down and was restrained by security personnel and escorted off the pitch. "One of the guys was saying things that wasn't very nice. It was stepping over the line," Beckham said. "I said, 'You need to calm down and come shake my hand', and he jumped over." But Beckham insisted the fan reaction did not bother him. "It doesn't affect me," he said. "You can't be liked by everyone." AC Milan manager Leonardo indicated he thought the fans were unfair, and if some Galaxy supporters do not want Beckham, he said he would be glad to have him back at AC Milan.

"Sometimes the supporters don't understand the situation," Leonardo said. "We would be happy if he came back because he did really well. He's incredible," he added. "The precision he has is something very, very special. He never missed the ball. "He controlled the ball. The way the Galaxy plays is very, very important. They see that every ball begins with him." * AFP

Representing UAE overseas

If Catherine Richards debuts for Wales in the Six Nations, she will be the latest to have made it from the UAE to the top tier of the international game in the oval ball codes.

Seren Gough-Walters (Wales rugby league)
Born in Dubai, raised in Sharjah, and once an immigration officer at the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi, she debuted for Wales in rugby league in 2021.

Sophie Shams (England sevens)
With an Emirati father and English mother, Shams excelled at rugby at school in Dubai, and went on to represent England on the sevens circuit.

Fiona Reidy (Ireland)
Made her Test rugby bow for Ireland against England in 2015, having played for four years in the capital with Abu Dhabi Harlequins previously.

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What time: Each day’s play is scheduled to start at 2pm UAE time.
TV: The match will be broadcast on OSN Sports Cricket HD. Subscribers to the channel can also stream the action live on OSN Play.

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