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Beckham’s farewell lost in translation

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Beckham on Thursday announced he will bring down the curtain on his remarkable career at the end of the season

English midfielder David Beckham reacts on June 7, 2002 at Sapporo Dome Stadium (AFP/File, Kazuhiro Nogi)

English midfielder David Beckham reacts on June 7, 2002 at Sapporo Dome Stadium (AFP/File, Kazuhiro Nogi)

AFP- David Beckham’s retirement caused an unlikely surge of interest in English League One minnows Leyton Orient after confusion over the location of the Paris Saint-Germain star’s farewell appearance.

Beckham on Thursday announced he will bring down the curtain on his remarkable career at the end of the season, sparking a rush for tickets to see his final match for newly-crowned French champions PSG at Ligue 1 club Lorient on May 26.

However, the frenzy appeared to confuse some fans, who deluged east London club Orient with ticket requests in a misguided attempt to witness the last act of the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England star’s glittering career.

A tweet from Orient’s official Twitter feed explained: “Already had a few phone calls but to clear things up Beckham’s last game is against FC Lorient not us.”

There may have been a tiny bit of method to the madness of fans thinking Beckham would bow out at Orient as the club is the closest professional team to the 38-year-old’s birthplace in Leytonstone.


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