Seven people were hurt in a stampede Thursday as hundreds of fans rushed to see football superstar David Beckham at an event in China's commercial hub Shanghai, police and local media said.
Beckham, who was visiting Shanghai in his role as ambassador to the troubled Chinese Super League (CSL), expressed hope that the injured would recover quickly after the event had to be called off.
The stampede occurred when hundreds of students and spectators tried to rush onto the grounds of the football pitch at Tongji University in northeastern Shanghai, the Xinmin Evening News said.
The former England captain was scheduled to play with the university's team and the youth team of a local football club.
"I had an incredible response from everyone at Shanghai Tongji University today. Sorry I couldn't get out on the pitch to see the teams. It was impossible to get through the massive crowds," Beckham said.
"I heard there were a few injuries, hope the fans are ok and I wish them a speedy recovery," he added.