by Medindia Content Team on  October 29, 2007 at 6:46 PM General Health News
David Beckham to Play Charity Matches for California Wildfire Victims
Football ace David Beckham may come face to face with Vinnie Jones, the former Wimbledon star well-known for crushing Paul Gascoigne's crown jewels in 1987, in a charity match at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles on November 4.

The LA Galaxy star will play the charity match to help raise money for the victims of the California wildfires.

The proceeds from the sale of the match's tickets will go towards the victims of the raging fires, which has seen more than one million people evacuated and 1,800 homes lost.

Galaxy is chalking out strategies with American soccer club Hollywood United to draw in the crowds.

Several big names like actors Vinnie, Jason Statham and Anthony Lapaglia, 'Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones and former French international Frank Leboeuf are attached with Hollywood United.

The speculations are rife that Beckham and his teammates may also play a game against LA Vale, owned and run by pop star Robbie Williams.

"We have something in the pipeline and will be announcing the details shortly," the Sun quoted a spokesman for Galaxy as saying. A team insider, however, said that Beckhams proposed the charity match after seeing the devastation as fires raged across 490,000 acres in southern California.

"The team wanted to do something to help after seeing the wildfires on the TV. The MLS soccer season has finished so they were free to play a match and all thought it would be a great idea to do one for charity," the insider said.

"They wanted to assist as the fires are on their doorstep and there are lots of money-raising events and donations going on. David particularly wanted to help. He has been watching the fires on TV and was stunned at the devastation," he added.

The source also said that Beckham was hoping to raise a lot of money through the charity match.

"He hasn't played a lot this season and has been sidelined because of his ankle and his knee and was disappointed that he hasn't been able to play many matches," he said.

"But he is looking forward to playing the charity match and getting back on the pitch. And he hopes they raise a lot of money for the victims," he added.

Source: ANI

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