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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 October, 2003, 19:51 GMT 20:51 UK
SFX faces Beckham battle
David Beckham has turned his back on commercial activities
Beckham has turned his back on commercial activities

The SFX sports group has denied David Beckham's claim that they have parted company.

Beckham released a statement on Tuesday to say he had ended his relationship with SFX, but would continue to work with the organisation's representative Tony Stephens.

But a statement from SFX said: "Following media reports today, SFX has confirmed that Tony Stephens remains totally committed to SFX and that the England captain and Real Madrid player David Beckham continues to be a client and under contract to SFX."

Stephens added: "Six weeks ago I signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with SFX which means that any work that I do with any SFX clients can only be conducted through SFX and I intend to honour that contract."

A spokesperson for SFX added: "We hope the situation will be resolved swiftly."

We are very surprised to learn of this statement given that David Beckham remains under contract to SFX for the next two years
SFX chairman Jon Holmes
On Tuesday a statement from Beckham said: "David Beckham has confirmed he has parted company with the SFX sports group.

"His contract was due for renewal and he has decided with the European Championships and a busy year in Madrid he will be focusing entirely on football.

"He will not be taking on any new commercial activity in the short term - except as part of his club commitments."

Beckham's statement came as a shock to SFX, with chairman and chief executive Jon Holmes saying: "We are very surprised to learn of this statement given that David Beckham remains under contract to SFX for the next two years.

"We are aware and recognise that David wants to cut down on the level of his commercial commitments and we support that view and we are actively helping him to achieve this.

"His future commercial activities are subject to agreement with Real Madrid but we are delighted that David has confirmed that he wishes to remain a football client of SFX, which continues to employ Tony Stephens."




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