Seven Hurt in Stampede When David Beckham Visits China

By Edith Yang
|  Thursday, Jun 20, 2013  |  Updated 1:27 PM EDT
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A mob of eager fans injure seven onlookers in a stampede to see David Beckham in Shanghai on Thursday, June 20.

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David Beckham may be retired, but the soccer star still makes quite an impact on his Chinese fans.

Seven people were injured during Beckham's visit to Tongji University in northeastern Shanghai on Thursday, Business Insider reported.

According to the Xinmin Evening News, 1,000 fans and spectators stampeded past gates, police and guards in order to see Beckham.

Three police officers, two university security guards and two students, including a Japanese exchange student, were injured with cuts and bruises, according to reports.

Beckham had visited the Chinese university as an ambassador to the Chinese Super League, an organization for professional football in China. He was expected to visit the university's soccer team, but canceled the event after the stampede, Business Insider said.

"I had an incredible response from everyone at Shanghai Tongji University today. Sorry I couldn't get out on the pitch to see the teams. It was impossible to get through the massive crowds," Beckham said on his account on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter. 
 

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