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Angry Galaxy fans stage Beckham protest

[Friday, February 20, 2009 ]

David Beckham has come in for a huge backlash from angry LA Galaxy fans furious at him for attempting to engineer a permanent move to AC Milan.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, many Galaxy fans are angry at Beckham and are ready to create a hostile atmosphere should he return to California.

The England international is currently at the centre of a long-running transfer saga after expressing a desire to make his loan move to San Siro permanent in order to reinforce his chances of playing at the 2010 World Cup – prompting a heated response from some Galaxy supporters.

They are accusing him of being a 'turncoat' and 'giving up' on the side he pledged to help be a real force in US football.

Some fans are even calling for the Galaxy management to refuse to sell the 33-year-old to Milan or any other team and keep him on the bench to scupper his chances of playing for England.

"He wants to be fit for England, let him sit forever and get fat," a user on the LA Riot Squad message boards said.

"Then he loses his hopes of playing for England AND gets transferred. Don't crush the man, crush his hopes and dreams - it's much more entertaining."

And Galaxy fans made their feelings clear about Beckham as the MLS side took on Japan’s Oita Trinita in a friendly at the Home Depot Center on Thursday.

Large areas of Galaxy's 27,000-capacity stadium were left empty and some supporters who did turn up wore masks and donned t-shirts with the words 'Let Beckham Go' scrawled on the front in a clear swipe at Becks' antics.

Last year, games featuring Beckham regularly sold out because of the star's huge appeal among American fans.

But the midfielder has been on loan at Milan since January during the MLS off-season and Galaxy supporters have sent a clear message to Beckham: 'We don't want you back!'


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