Always the composed, corporate-friendly gentleman away from the game, David Beckham is a fierce competitor on the pitch who has never shied away from telling a referee exactly what he's thinking. This has gotten him in trouble from time to time and as he revealed on Saturday's episode of "The Jonathan Ross show"; it's even gotten him kicked out of a Los Angeles area children's match just for trying to defend a 7-year-old kid.
Said Beckham, with a smile:
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"I was watching the kids play the other day, it was the younger kids of [middle son] Romeo's club, and there was a penalty given.
"And the kids are 7 years old and he [the referee] sent the kid off. And I was like, 'Come on, he's 7, referee, you can't send him off.' And he looked at me and was like, 'Yes, I can.'
"And I said, 'Well, you can't, he's 7 years old.' And he came over and he gave me a red card. He told me to get out of the park. For real.
"The gate was only 20 yards away so I went to the other side of the gate and I came