Players' union slams United over Beckham

The English players' union accused Manchester United of trying to sell David Beckham.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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The English players' union accused Manchester United today of trying to sell David Beckham "like a second-hand car." The Reds offered on Tuesday to sell the England captain to Barcelona in a deal contingent on Joan Laporta winning Sunday's election for the presidency of the Catalan club. Through his agents, Beckham said he felt like a "political pawn" and had no plans to accept the move. But Manchester United's desire to sell Beckham has opened the way for three other European soccer giants, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan, to bid for the 28-year-old midfielder. Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, said the Reds had insulted Beckham. "He's one of our finest members and he's been so loyal to Manchester United over the years, giving them so much in terms of footballing ability," Taylor said. "I just find it incredulous that a club of Manchester United's stature should be issuing official statements with a person who is not officially in charge at Barcelona," he added. "It's not the way I would want one of my members even in the lowest club in the third division to be treated. You wouldn't want to sell your second-hand car in such a way, never mind one of your finest assets," Taylor said. Beckham is expected to return from his trip to the United States on Thursday. (AP)