David Beckham arrives in China as football ambassador

AP, Wednesday 20 Mar 2013

The former England captain named as football ambassador in China to help youngsters after recent corruption scandals in the country

David Beckham
Former England soccer team captain David Beckham poses for picture with students during a news conference at a primary school in Beijing March 20, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

David Beckham has arrived in China as an ambassador to help develop young players as the country tries to clean up its football image after a spate of corruption scandals.

The former England captain says he isn't concerned about the match-fixing scandals in China, with several players and officials sentenced to prison.

Beckham also says he hasn't ruled out playing professionally in China someday.

Beckham is due to play an exhibition game in China in November, five months after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires. While considered to be close to retiring, Beckham says he would consider playing on if he felt physically fit and mentally engaged.

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