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Saturday, 13 April, 2002, 08:07 GMT 09:07 UK
Duscher sorry for Beckham injury
Aldo Duscher raises his hands in innocence after scything down Beckham
Duscher says he "just went for the ball"
Pedro Duscher has apologised for the tackle that left David Beckham with a broken bone in his foot.

The Spanish sports newspaper Marca reported that Duscher phoned Beckham on Friday to say sorry to the England captain.

The two were reported to have spoken through an interpreter and Duscher said he was glad to have had the chance to talk to Beckham.

The Manchester United midfielder was injured during Manchester United's Champions League quarter-final victory over Deportivo La Coruna.

I feel bad for what happened to Beckham, but my conscience is clear
Deportivo defender
Aldo Duscher

The England captain is expected to miss the rest of the domestic season and faces a race against time to be fit for this summer's World Cup.

He will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks, and England get their campaign under way on 2 June.

"It was a hard tackle and I'm sorry Beckham is injured," said Argentine defender Duscher.

"I know how important he is for Manchester United and England.

"I hope he gets better soon and plays for England."

Clear conscience

England take on Argentina in the World Cup on 7 June, and Duscher denied suggestions that his challenge was premeditated.

"The reaction to this has been like I killed someone and all I did was go for the ball, just as I always do against any opponent," he said.

"I feel bad for what happened to Beckham, but my conscience is clear.

"It was a normal incident - a 50-50 ball, the type you see a dozen times in any match.

"But because of everything which Beckham represents in his country and the fact I am an Argentine and we are playing each other in the World Cup, many have thought terrible and different things to what actually happened."

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