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SBD Global/June 29, 2012/Olympics
Beckham Left Off Olympic Team In A Controversial Decision
Published June 29, 2012
COACH'S DECISION: In London, Simon Rice reported that Beckham's omission "is a surprise, but suggests Pearce is picking a team based on football reasons." Beckham was named in Pearce's preliminary 35-man squad, but missed out when the roster was cut to 18 players. Beckham said, "Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me. And like everyone, I will be hoping they can win the gold" (INDEPENDENT, 6/28). Also in London, Matt Dickinson reported that Pearce has "gone against all expectations" by picking Manchester City's Micah Richards as one of the three over-age players. Pearce also selected Liverpool's Craig Bellamy and ManU's Ryan Giggs as the other two over-age players, "as expected." Richards, meanwhile, caused "such controversy this summer by refusing to go on the standby list" for England at Euro 2012 (LONDON TIMES, 6/28).
EMOTIONAL REACTION: The INDEPENDENT's Tom Peck noted that there was strong reaction to Beckham's omission. Beckham's sister, Joanne, tweeted, “Well .... What a ******* joke ..... Dissapointend and outraged and very sad ..... A point will be proved I'm sure.” Former footballer and current pundit Robbie Savage wrote on Twitter, "Stuart Pearce does make some stupid decisions , ie [Scott} Parker captain of England and no beckham in gb Team , clueless !” Also on Twitter former footballer and current pundit Gary Lineker asked, “There are arguments for and against DB selection. What i don't understand though, is why string him along by including him in a short list?” (INDEPENDENT, 6/28).