New Zealand Prime Minister John Key stands accused of labelling David Beckham as 'thick as bat s**t' on a recent visit to a school in Auckland, reports the Daily Mail.

The former England captain was the subject of discussion during which an exhibition match between Beckham's LA Galaxy and the Oceania All-Stars in 2008 was also mentioned.

Local media outlet, Radio New Zealand, say the country's leader described Beckham as handsome and 'a really nice guy', before adding the offensive remark.

However, in a recent interview on breakfast television, Key refused to confirm or deny the claims, saying: "That is someone that thinks they have overheard a conversation I have had. I am not going to engage in that because otherwise I am engaging in every conversation that someone thinks I have."

Pushing the Prime Minister for an answer, the presenter added, 'can I just clarify that you are saying that you didn't call David Beckham thick?'

"No, what I am saying is that somebody has overheard a personal conversation and that's their recollection of it. I am just not going to engage in discussions about that. That's their view."

Beckham featured in LA Galaxy's shock 1-0 home defeat by the San Jose Earthquakes in the first leg of the MLS Western Conference playoff on Sunday, leaving the defending champions with it all to do in the second leg on Wednesday.

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