David Beckham manages to visit Shanghai without causing another riot

By James Griffiths, November 22, 2013

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David Beckham, global ambassador for Chinese football, was in Shanghai on Thursday to promote his H&M underwear line and, unlike the last time Golden Balls was in the city, no one got hurt. 

The football star reportedly received a "warm welcome" when he appeared at a press conference at the Shangri-La Hotel. In a June appearance at Shanghai's Tongji University, Beckham fans stampeded, injuring seven people, including three police officers. 

Writing on Weibo after the incident, Beckham said: "I had an incredible response from everyone at Shanghai Tongji University today. Sorry I couldn't get out on the pitch to see the teams. It was impossible to get through the massive crowds. I heard there were a few injuries, hope the fans are ok and I wish them a speedy recovery."

Beckham isn't the only football star in town this month. Former teammates of Becks' Michael Owen and Paul Scholes were in Shanghai to take part in the Shining Legends 5-a-side football tour, and on Tuesday, Liverpool and Wales legend Ian Rush took part in a press conference to promote Liverpool FC's new Chinese-language website. Read our exclusive interview with Ian Rush here

[Image via Global Times]

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