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Cruise line company attempting to block Beckham's Miami stadium

David Beckham's plans to develop a state-of-the-art stadium on Miami's waterfront could be thwarted by a cruise line company.

The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy star is putting in place plans for a 25,000-seat stadium in the port of Miami for his MLS expansion franchise to play at when they enter the competition in 2017.

However, Royal Caribbean Cruises are fronting a group named the 'Miami Seaport Alliance' who are challenging the proposal as they feel it would threaten up to 200,000 jobs supplied by the cruise line trade.

The Miami Herald is reporting that the area formally known as PortMiami is determined to retain its status as the 'cruise capital of the world' and believe building a sports stadium in the region would hover ominously over their business.

One advertisement opposing Beckham and his group said highly-paid skilled workers cannot be sacrificed for lower employment status such as stadium operators.

"A soccer stadium at PortMiami is downright nutty," read the ad developed by the alliance.

"We cannot jeopardize well-paying jobs, like crane operators, longshore workers, and mechanics, for low-paying stadium jobs, such as concession sales."

John Fox, president of the Miami Seaport Alliance, added: "We just don't think they (Beckham's group) are being honest with this community."

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