David Beckham clashes with jeering fans during LA Galaxy return
David Beckham got involved in an ugly confrontation with fans at his home return game in Los Angeles.
The former England captain attempted to jump over a barrier as he left the field at half-time to remonstrate with a section of the supporters who had been jeering him.
He was held back by security staff, members of whom were also needed to restrain an angry fan who left his seat and rushed towards the former Manchester United footballer.
Beckham received a less than friendly welcome at his first home game for LA Galaxy after returning from a five-month loan spell in Italy with AC Milan — the team LA faced.
A hardcore section of the crowd booed Beckham every time he touched the ball and held aloft signs reading ‘Go Home Fraud’ and ‘23: Repent’ in reference to his shirt number.
Another read: ‘Hey Becks, Here Before You, Here after You, Here Despite You’, while one stated: ‘Is evil something u are ... or something u do?’
Earlier this year, Beckham indicated he wanted to stay in Milan rather than return to America, stating that the standard of play was far higher in Italy.
The apparent snub has angered some LA fans, notably a hardcore that sit in the so-called LA Riot Squad section.
Throughout the first-half of the game he was subjected to jeers and obscene chants.
After the referee blew for half-time, Beckham tried to hurdle an advertising boarding and appeared to make a ‘come on’ gesture towards fans.
In response, one man left his seat, jumped down onto the pitch and attempted to run towards Beckham.
At this point security intervened and escorted Beckham to the changing room, while removing the fan from the pitch.
Despite the incident, Beckham returned in the second-half. He was the last man to take to the pitch and hugged several of his former AC Milan team mates before gesturing towards the rowdy section of the crowd.
A line of yellow-jacketed security staff stood below the supporters in the trouble area as a precaution.
In the 65th minute Beckham assisted in the scoring of an LA Galaxy goal.
After doing so the midfielder turned and shrugged his shoulders in the direction of the section of the Galaxy crowd that had been jeering him.
Beckham was substituted in the 75th minute and walked off to a mixture of cheers and boos. The friendly match ended 2-2.
Beckham claimed he had tried to shake a supporter's hand.
“The majority of the fans have been great,” Beckham said afterwards in comments broadcast on Sky Sports News.
On the boos, he added: “It's to be expected. Sometimes it goes beyond it.
“I tried to shake one of the guy's hands but he didn't want any of it. That's the way it is,” he said.