Beckham cited in slap claim
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Espanyol's Sergio Sanchez has accused David Beckham of slapping him.Espanyol's Sergio Sanchez has accused David Beckham of slapping him following Real Madrid's defeat against the Catalans on Sunday night.
The young defender was amongst Espanyol's substitutes for the game, but came into contact with Beckham whilst warming up as the England skipper prepared to take a corner.
The pair exchanged words after Beckham produced a poor delivery - with the Real star claiming to have been put off as he attempted to take it - and the ill-feeling spilled over after the match.
Sanchez claims Beckham was waiting for him in the tunnel and verbally abused him before slapping him.
Describing the incident, Sanchez told Punto Radio: "The game was at a very tense point and I was stretching on the touchlines and happened to cough as he was about to take the corner.
"He took it badly and, after that, began to insult me.
"On returning to the dressing rooms (after the game) he seemed to be waiting for me.
"He began to insult me again and then slapped me.
"I still can't understand why he did it, it must have been a result of the tension."