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Arena will not bow to public pressure regarding LA Galaxy's Beckham

David Beckham will not play his first match in Mexico on Tuesday and it has raised the ire of some fans south of the US border.

The former Manchester United star was set to travel to Michoacan with the LA Galaxy squad for the CONCACAF Champions League clash with Monarcas Morelia but has withdrawn because of injury.

Galaxy boss Bruce Arena understands that fans in Mexico will be angry but insists he will not make Beckham part of a 'traveling circus' especially when the player is not fit for the match.

"He was either going to play on Friday or here," Arena said. "He should not be pressed to play in three games in a week. That's best for him. He's got a few aches and pains, and this made the most sense.

"I understand that they're disappointed," Arena added. "We're doing what's in the best interest of the player and the team. What can you say?

"It's not a traveling circus, you know. We've got to do what's in our best interest."

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