HeadLine: BECKS RAP FOR NOT TOEING THE LINE
The People, 14/05/2000, p9
by SHAUN MILNE
DAVID Beckham has infuriated his £1 million-a-year boot sponsors Adidas
by wearing their arch rival’s trainers.
And, even worse, photographs of him in the trendy blue Nike shoes, were
The Manchester United ace put his foot in it while kicking a toy
football about in California with baby son Brooklyn.
For he is currently starring in a major TV commercial campaign for
Adidas in the run-up to the Euro 2000 soccer championship this summer.
The German sportswear giant refused to comment yesterday.
But an insider said: “They are livid that Beckham was playing football
in a public place wearing a pair of Nike sports shoes. He is paid
around £1 million a year to wear Adidas Predator football boots on the
pitch. And it is part of his contract not to wear sportswear of any of
their major competitors.
“There will be some stern words with Beckham’s people to stop this
A Nike spokesman said last night: “We are delighted that David Beckham
chooses to wear Nike products in his own time.
“The trainers David was pictured wearing are a £35 pair of Nike Air
Sock Mock soccer sandals.”
And determined to put Adidas booses’ noses out of joint, he added: “If
David wants to wear a pair of our Total 90 football boots at Euro 2000
we will gladly supply him with a pair.”
One-year-old Brooklyn was also wearing a pair of Nike shoes during the
holiday in America. But he doesn’t have a contract with the sports firm
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