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David Beckham enraged the British around the world by saying one word from the BAFTA stage

David Beckham at the BAFTA awards ceremony

Iconic retired English footballer David Beckham outraged his countrymen and caused a wave of hate with just one careless word he said on stage at the BAFTA awards ceremony. On February 18, at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the athlete presented the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer, and in his speech he mentioned football. But for some reason, Beckham called this sport the American term "soccer."

The British, for whom soccer is, without exaggeration, a holy game, were extremely outraged by the statements of the English football icon. The corresponding video and reaction to it was shared by Metro.

Taking the stage to rapturous applause, 48-year-old Beckham, wearing an elegant suit, presented the trophy for Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director, or producer to Savannah Leaf and her drama film "Mother Earth," based on the short film "The Still Beating Heart" by Savannah and Taylor Russell.

David Beckham enraged the British around the world by saying one word from the BAFTA stage

When introducing the nominees, David decided to give a motivational speech. He said: "They say that practice makes perfect. Well, that may be true in soccer or soccer, but it's not true for the directors nominated for the Outstanding First Feature Award. They got it right the first time."

It should be noted that in the British sense, the word football is a game played all over the world. In it, the ball is kicked with the feet, not the hands. Meanwhile, in Canada, Australia, and the United States, football is a game with an oval ball that players can throw with their hands or kick. But soccer is football in its typical sense.

British viewers were so outraged by the fact that Beckham allegedly decided to "pander to the Americans." They pointed out that the BAFTAs are a British award and are held in London, so the use of the word "jock," in the opinion of many disgruntled Internet users, was simply unnecessary and inappropriate.

Tweets on this topic are gaining popularity online. The British write, in particular, the following: "David Beckham, you're at the BAFTAs, not the Oscars. Don't you dare pander to the Americans!", "This is a British award ceremony, you don't need to mention the Sacker", "Don't you dare talk about the Sacker, David. Who are you anyway?"

As a reminder, the Ukrainian documentary "20 Days in Mariupol" won in its category. The film's director, Mstyslav Chernov, and producer Vasylisa Stepanenko, who worked with him and photojournalist Yevhen Malolietka in the besieged Mariupol in 2022, took to the stage to receive the award.

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