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Fans crushed as Beckham visits Chinese university

At least seven people have been injured in a stampede after fans stormed a stadium gate to get a glimpse of David Beckham at a Chinese university, reports The Guardian. Three police officers, two university security guards and two students were injured, Shanghai police said.

The state-run Xinmin Net news site said nearly 1,000 fans had gathered at the university stadium, where the retired footballer was scheduled to meet the university's football team. Xinmin said the event was cancelled after the stampede.

A post on Beckham's account on Sina Weibo, the Chinese-language micro blogging site, wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Beckham is in China on a seven-day promotional tour for the Super League. He has been hired as an image ambassador to promote the sport.

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