Beckham has launched projects to help children in danger with UNICEF
The 41-year-old has hit out at the accusations about leaked emails, which question the real reason behind his charity work, claiming they were “doctored”.
The emails, which are unverified, were leaked by Football Leaks – the sports equivalent of Wikileaks – and published across newspapers in France.
He was also accused of calling the honours committee “unappreciative c***s” as they had not given him a knighthood.
The emails suggest that Beckham is doing his charity work for a knighthood
Beckham was also accused of calling the honours committee “unappreciative c***s” as they had not given him a knighthood
According to The Sun, there were also claims he was angry about Katherine Jenkins being given an OBE, calling it a “f***ing joke”.
When David Beckham appeared on Desert Island Discs, he said his charity work was one of the most important things in his life.
He spoke about his utmost “passion” for his work with UNICEF, where he has been a goodwill ambassador since 2005.
On the prestigious radio show, the footballing legend said: “One of the most important things in my life at the moment is my charity work.
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“That for me is what gives me the most pleasure out of what I do.
“It’s not just about the amount of money that we raise, it’s meeting these children, it’s knowing that we are changing children’s lives.
“We are protecting children from HIV and Aids. That for me gives me the most pleasure.”
A spokesperson for Beckham said: "This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture.
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Beckham said he wanted to take his son Brooklyn on a UNICEF trip
"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.
"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.”
UNICEF said in a statement: “UNICEF works closely with high profile personalities in good faith to fundraise, advocate and make long-term change for children in danger around the world. Our Ambassadors support UNICEF in a voluntary capacity, receiving no fee for their time and commitment. They contribute greatly to UNICEF’s work for children."
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