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Beckham not satisfied with Spice Girl

LONDON (AP) — Soccer star David Beckham’s alleged affair with a former personal assistant was splashed over British newspapers Monday amid speculation over the future of his marriage, career and marketability.

A media frenzy was sparked by a Sunday tabloid newspaper report that the England captain had a sexual relationship with Rebecca Loos in Madrid between September and December while his pop star wife, Victoria, was in England.

Beckham issued a statement Sunday describing the story as “ludicrous” but stopped short of denying the allegations. A series of sexually explicit phone text messages allegedly sent by Beckham and Loos were published by the News of the World on Sunday — and reprinted by Monday’s tabloids.

Loos’ brother John was quoted in Monday’s papers as saying his sister had confirmed an affair with Beckham.

“My sister wept as she told me about Beckham,” the Daily Mail said in a front-page headline. “If they’ve got text messages between the two of them, I don’t see how she could really deny an affair took place,” John Loos was quoted as saying.

Rumours about the state of Beckham’s marriage have abounded since he moved to Real Madrid last summer from Manchester United. Beckham and Loos, the 26-year-old daughter of a Dutch diplomat and English mother, were photographed together in a Madrid nightclub last September. The Beckhams released a statement at the time denying any marital problems.

Victoria, a former member of the Spice Girls, has declined to move full time to Spain as she tries to rekindle her flagging pop career. She spends most of her time in England with the couple’s two young sons, five-year-old Brooklyn and 18-month-old Romeo. The Sun newspaper estimated the couple had spent only 54 of the past 224 days together.

Victoria, her sons and extended family flew to Switzerland for a skiing holiday Sunday. Beckham, who is suspended for Real Madrid’s Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday, was reported to be joining them.



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