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'Absurd' I was unfaithful to Posh, says Beckham

England football captain David Beckham, engulfed by a media storm surrounding his love life, said the newspaper allegations that he had cheated on his wife Victoria with two other women were "absurd".
PTI | By AFP, London
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2004 08:36 PM IST

England football captain David Beckham, engulfed by a media storm surrounding his love life, said the newspaper allegations that he had cheated on his wife Victoria with two other women were "absurd".

"This weekend a series of even more absurd and unsubstantiated claims have been published about David and Victoria Beckham," said a statement from 19 management, the agency which represents Victoria, also known as Posh Spice.

Beckham had already rejected as "ludicrous" claims by his erstwhile personal assistant Rebecca Loos, 26, that they had sex together after he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid while Victoria stayed in Britain.

The furore intensified Sunday when Malaysian-born Sarah Marbeck, 29, told the News of the World newspaper that she had a two-year affair with Beckham that started during a Manchester United tour in Singapore in July 2001.

"The couple continue to dismiss these stories and they will not be commenting upon them further at this time," said the Beckhams' statement Sunday.

Amid speculation that 28-year-old Beckham might consider legal action, it added simply that the couple had "instructed lawyers" but did not go into any more detail.

But a News of the World spokeswoman said: "We note a further dismissive statement issued by the Beckham camp, this time on behalf of both Mr and Mrs Beckham.

"The News of the World's position remains totally unchanged," she said.

"Once again we stand by our reports 100 per cent -- our revelations speak for themselves," she added.

In a public show of support, Victoria, who turns 30 on Saturday, was seen in the stands at Bernabeu stadium on Sunday as Beckham took to the field for Real for a league match against Osasuna, which they lost 3-0.

The couple then flew back to Britain, arriving at "Beckingham Palace" -- the nickname for their sprawling home in Hertfordshire, central England -- in the early hours yesterday morning.

Loos spilt the beans in a News of the World interview on Sunday published a week after the allegations first surfaced that she had bedded Beckham.

"What happened between me and David was more than just sex," Loos told the Sunday newspaper, which reportedly paid her 350,000 pounds (530,000 euros, 640,000 dollars) for her story.

"He needed a woman to be with him and to help him through a difficult lonely spell in his life," said Loos, who claims to have slept with Beckham on four occasions.

Marbeck's claims in the same newspaper poured more fat on the fire.

"Sleeping with David Beckham was a momentous day for me, not just a one-night stand," she was quoted as saying.

"I certainly didn't take our affair lightly and nor did he. This is probably the most famous father, family man and husband in the world and he changed my life," said Marbeck.

Loos met Beckham while chaperoning him in Madrid, where the midfielder plays for giants Real.

Victoria, a former member of now-defunct British band, The Spice Girls, continued to base herself in England in order to pursue her own career, fuelling media speculation that their marriage was under strain.

"His wife was thousands of miles away all the time and was no support to him at all," said Loos, the daughter of a Dutch diplomat.

In a statement issued via his agent last Sunday, Beckham said the initial allegations by Loos were "ludicrous" and that he had a "wonderful wife and two very special kids".

Meanwhile Victoria told The Sun tabloid the next day: "We have been through a lot worse than this, and we're definitely going to get through this."

Beckham, who moved from United to Real last July in a 25 million pound (45 million dollar) deal, spent a short holiday with his wife and two sons, Brooklyn and Romeo, at the French ski resort of Courchevel earlier this week but has since returned to Spain.

Beckham reputedly nets around 20 million dollars a year in wages and sponsorship deals, dwarfing the earnings of his wife who is trying to revive her pop career.

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