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Beckham disappointed by tabloid attack on family

David Beckham is disappointed that an article in Germany's top-selling newspaper mocked his wife, mother, sister and children.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 03:28 IST

David Beckham is disappointed that an article in Germany's top-selling newspaper mocked his wife, mother, sister and children.

Monday's article was spread across almost the entire back page of Bild and described how Beckham's family looked while watching England's 1-0 win over Paraguay on Saturday.

"That's one thing that is hard to accept," Beckham said on Tuesday. "I've come to terms with people criticizing me as a footballer, but when it comes to my family that's one thing I will never accept.

"I actually find it sad that someone drops to that level to criticize my family. It's just one sad person sat in a room thinking of one thing that maybe can try to put me off the next game. I'm not going to let it do that."

The article said Beckham's wife Victoria, a former singer with the Spice Girls, was a "luxury wife," described two of three of Beckham's sons as dwarves, and called one, Romeo, a girl. It also described Beckham's mother as having "a farmer's smile" and his sister Joanne as "Chubbyham."