Wednesday, July 1, 1998 Published at 13:37 GMT 14:37 UK
Don't persecute Beckham, pleads Hoddle
Beckham was sent off after this petulant bit of retaliation on Simeone
Glenn Hoddle has pleaded with English football fans not to abuse David Beckham next season following his sending off against Argentina.
Hoddle insisted that there was no need to look for "scapegoats" following his side's defeat in a penalty shoot-out at St Etienne.
"This lad's got a great future for England," he said at a news conference in France on Wednesday morning.
"We need to respect that young David has done a fantastic job for England in the past," he said.
Hoddle also maintained that he thought Beckham should have been shown a yellow card and not the red.
Support for Beckham has also come from Sir Bobby Charlton, a World Cup winner with England in 1966.
"I would think that in some cases its justified," he said.
But he insisted that the Manchester United star should be forgiven: "David himself was very upset about the whole thing. I spoke to him just after the match ... I happened to catch him in the car park.
"He was very upset, but he realised the gravity of what he had done. He's a very young lad and of course all this criticism that is going to be heaped on him personally is something that is going to be very hard for him to deal with.
"He has wonderful skill and a wonderful attitude to the game. He wants to be a great footballer. Unfortunately sometimes he falls foul of officialdom and that's what happened yesterday and the consequences were enormous."