The hacker behind the leaked David Beckham emails scandal reportedly demanded one million euro
It has been claimed that the emails – which reportedly show Beckham moaning about his lack of a knighthood – were leaked when Doyen Sports refused to pay up.
Police in Portugal, where the firm has an office, have been investigating the attempted blackmail for a year.
An insider said: "They approached by email and attempted to meet via another third party.
"They said we have all this information and you have to pay up. It was blackmail, pure and simple."
Police have been investigating the attempted blackmail for a year
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They said we have all this information and you have to pay up. It was blackmail, pure and simple.
The leaked emails included one in which Beckham lambasted the honours committee after he was missed off the New Year's list, with him allegedly labelling the system "a f****** joke".
A representative for the former England captain dismissed the contents of the messages as "outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third-party server".
He said the material "gives a deliberately inaccurate picture".
Beckham's spokesperson said: "This story is based on outdated matieral taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture.
"David Beckham and UNICEF have had a powerful partnership in support of children for over 15 years. The David Beckham 7 Fund specifically has raised millions of pounds and helped millions of vulnerable children around the world. David Beckham has given significant time and energy and has made personal financial donations to the 7 Fund and this commitment will continue long term."
Beckham's spokesperson said the emails 'give a deliberately inaccurate picture'
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He continued: "Before establishing the 7 Fund, David had supported UNICEF and a number of other charities over many years, including donating his entire earnings from PSG during his time playing there.
"David and UNICEF are rightly proud of what they have and will continue to achieve together and are happy to let the facts speak for themselves.”
The Daily Mail reported Beckham was on the verge of receiving a knighthood in the 2014 New Year's Honours list but HM Revenue and Customs placed a red flag on his nomination due to his involvement in an alleged tax avoidance scheme.
In response to his PR chief's email notifying him of the red flag, the newspaper said Beckham wrote: "The flag has no truth behind it as we didn't (do) nothing wrong everything is and was above board… C***s."
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Beckham and Doyen Sports for further comments.