Beckham tackle an accident, says Duscher

 

The Argentinian whose two-footed tackle may have ended David Beckham's World Cup dream described the incident as "unfortunate".

But Deportivo La Coruna's Pedro Duscher did suggest reaction to the injury would inevitably be overblown.

He said: "Because it's David Beckham and because he is a great player everything is bigger. The media and the public give too much importance to the things that happen around him.

"It was unfortunate and I can honestly say it was an accident. I went for the ball," he was reported as saying this morning.

Beckham has been ruled out of action for six to eight weeks, making him a genuine doubt for the World Cup, which kicks off for England in seven-and-a-half weeks against Sweden on June 2nd.

United officials feared the worst at the time and the extent of the injury was revealed after the game by Ferguson, who confirmed he was "doubtful" for the World Cup.

But Ferguson refused to condemn Duscher. "Games of football are about tackles and I think the player maybe had to go for it," he said.

Depor coach Javier Irureta sympathised with Beckham and insisted he had not sent his players out to injure him. "We didn't single Beckham out for special treatment," he said. "Last week it was Diego Tristan and that's not his style.

"Both incidents were very unfortunate and I hope that David is back figuring for Manchester United on the field of play".