THE wife of England captain David Beckham is spurning the hotel where the other players' wives, girlfriends and children are staying, according to the British tabloids.
Victoria Beckham, formerly known as Posh Spice, is instead staying in a private villa near Lisbon with her sons Brooklyn and Romeo.
“Too Posh for England” screamed the front page of Britain's best-selling tabloid The Sun. “Posh snubs footy wives”, read the inside headline.
The partners of England's soccer squad are staying separately to the players at a spa resort outside Lisbon where they will be pampered with beauty treatments and taken shopping.
The Sun's gossip writer said that Victoria didn't want people to stare or talk about her.
The Beckhams were the subject of tabloid speculation earlier this year when two women alleged they had affairs with the England captain in Spain where he plays for Real Madrid. Beckham called the claims “ludicrous”.
A HOTLINE for fans to report racist and xenophobic incidents will be available throughout Euro 2004, a network fighting racism in soccer said.
The phone calls will be handled by a multilingual staff of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) and referred for action by relevant authorities, FARE spokesman Leon Mann said on Wednesday.
A GROUP of England soccer fans claim to have set a new record by chanting for 90 minutes without a break.
The 25 supporters took turns to maintain the chant, which has no words but uses the theme tune to the classic film The Great Escape.