No tattoos, Beckham urges his boys
David Beckham has revealed that his sons want to follow his lead by getting tattoos - but he has urged them not to.
The ex-England football star - who has full sleeves of artwork among his vast collection - has told the youngsters they should dare to be different by shunning the ink.
In an interview for ITV chat series The Jonathan Ross Show to be broadcast tomorrow, father-of-four Beckham said his boys had already expressed an interest.
"They've already said they're having tattoos done. And I said, 'Well, be different, don't have any tattoos'," Beckham explained.
"And they said 'No, we're going to have one. We're going to have Mum and Dad.' So I can't really say no to that."
In the interview, he told Ross that he was not always so proud of some of his looks over the years. He was not fond of the plaits he once had, photographs of which were dusted down last week following the death of Nelson Mandela.
He recalled: "I think I was in France at the time, I'd had a glass of wine or two. It was really painful to have done. I had it done at the wrong time as well, because it was when England were in South Africa and we ended up visiting Nelson Mandela, I ended up going with cornrows, and I really regretted having that done."
Meanwhile, the footballer also admitted he reduced his son Romeo to tears after giving a penalty against him while refereeing a children's match.
Beckham, who had his own occasional run-ins with match officials during his playing career, had to step in during a recent training match to penalise his own 11-year-old after he fouled an opponent.
He said: "I had to step in the ref one of their games and I kind of didn't really want to but all the dads were like, 'well, you know the rules.' So I took my coat off and I went out there and it was Romeo's game.
"First half went great, they were winning 3-1. Second half 4-1, 5-1 and then Romeo went to make a tackle in the penalty area, missed the ball and took the young kid down and I had to give a penalty.
"Fortunately, I shouldn't say fortunately, because they're 11-year-old kids, but fortunately they missed it. As we were running back... Romeo was jogging behind and he turned around to me and said, 'I can't believe you did that to me, dad.' And he was crying. It was kind of a lesson for him."
:: The interview will be screened on The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV at 10.05pm on Saturday.