David Beckham is an ambassador of the beautiful game. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder is currently travelling the world playing charity matches and is breaking ground in his aspiration of building an MLS team in Miami.
However, the former Red Devils number seven has admitted football is no longer his favourite sport to watch live. That title goes to the game of rugby.
Beckham, who hung up his boots in 2013 following a short spell at Paris-Saint Germain, still loves football but admitted the atmosphere at a rugby match swayed his decision.
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Speaking to Radio Times, Beckham said: “I love rugby. I love watching it and I love the whole thing. I have enjoyed going to Twickenham more than I have enjoyed watching football.
When asked why, Beckham pointed to the fact rugby fans are not segregated and sit together with "no nastiness.”
He also admitted that it was “never nice” to watch Manchester United play Tottenham Hotspur when he was young and the experience made him “uneasy".
But he did add: "Football is so powerful. It matters so much to people".
A LONG WAY OFF
Football has changed significantly from Beckham's days as a youngster. However, the game is still some way off having unsegregated seating at stadiums.
"Football is so powerful. It matters so much to people"
Fulham, for example, have a neutral zone where fans can sit together, but it is a rarity in the modern game still.
The passion of supporters is what makes football so special and part of that comes from the segregation of fans, but when that spills over into violence it reminds everyone there is still some way to go to recreate the image of the game.
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