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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 July, 2005, 09:30 GMT 10:30 UK
Beckham spitting row played down
David Beckham and Kazuyuki Toda clash
Beckham and Toda clash
The Japanese media have described David Beckham as humiliating himself in Real Madrid's shock 3-0 loss to Tokyo Verdy.

The England skipper was embroiled in a running feud with Kazuyuki Toda and accused the player of spitting at him.

Beckham was even reported as attempting to "raid" the rival dressing room at half-time but the midfielder played down the incident as "only handbags".

Simon Oliveira, the 30-year-old's publicist, told BBC Sport there was nothing to it: "His words are enough."

Verdy's victory was totally overshadowed by Beckham's behaviour and post-match comments about the former Tottenham player.

"Toda spat in my face. That in life is horrible but in football no players like that," he said. "Our players saw it and weren't happy about it."

Real boss Wanderley Luxemburgo weighed into the argument, alleging that Toda provoked Beckham.

"Toda was very dirty," said the Brazilian. "He kicked Beckham when the ref wasn't looking. At half-time some of the players got over-excited."

Beckham kicked me and I swore at him - some spit flew but it didn't hit him
Kazuyuki Toda

Of the incident at the break, when Beckham and his team-mates Ronaldo and Michel Salgado reportedly tried to force their way into the Verdy changing room, Beckham explained: "It was only handbags, just a few words were exchanged, nothing more."

The Japanese media was less conciliatory.

The Nikkan Sports daily said the entire Real Madrid squad "lost their natural selves".

"The prince was infuriated," it said. "They wanted revenge rather than to win the game. They were totally different from the usual Galacticos.

The Sports Nippon added that Real Madrid were "too weak" and that "the prince was in confusion over the unexpectedly tough game".

A caption added: "For real? Real Madrid, the Galacticos, humiliated in public in Japan."

Toda insisted that he did not attempt to rile his opponent and denied the accusation of spitting at Beckham.

"Beckham kicked me and I swore at him," he said. "Some spit flew but it didn't hit him. That's why he got angry I think."

It was Real's fourth game of a six-match pre-season tour and their first defeat.

The Spanish giants were stunned by three first-half goals from Daigo Kobayashi, Washington and Takuya Yamadaa from a team who have conceded 26 goals in six games and recently fired Ossie Ardiles as coach.

Michael Owen went close, while Beckham threatened with a long-range free-kick before being substituted just before the hour mark.

Real now take on J-League side Jubilo Iwata on Wednesday before finishing their money-spinning tour with a friendly in Thailand.


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