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Wednesday, 24 April, 2002, 11:12 GMT 12:12 UK
Duscher regrets Beckham tackle
Pedro Duscher leaves the Old Trafford pitch after being dismissed
Duscher was sent off at Old Trafford
Deportivo La Coruna's Pedro Duscher believes he is being singled out by referees following his now notorious tackle on David Beckham.

The tackle came early in the Spanish side's Champions League quarter-final second leg match against Manchester United.

It resulted in Beckham limping off the Old Trafford pitch with a broken metatarsal bone in his foot, an injury that threatens his participation in the World Cup.

The Argentine was later sent off in a match the Spanish side lost 3-2, losing the tie 5-2 on aggregate.

"This is the worst period of my life," Duscher said.

"Everyone is persecuting me - referees, football fans and the public.

"I don't know if I can handle it anymore. The spotlight has been on me all the time and I feel I am close to a breakdown."

"The referees recognise me now and they are singling me out.

"They are punishing me for offences which other players would get away with - it is wrong," he concluded.

Beckham, who escaped further injury in a recent car crash near his home, is hopeful of recovering in time to book his place in Sven-Goran Eriksson's England squad.

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