17 May 2013

Beckham's farewell lost in translation

5:40 am on 17 May 2013

David Beckham's retirement caused an unlikely surge of interest in English League One minnows Leyton Orient after confusion over the location of the Paris Saint-Germain star's farewell appearance.

Beckham has announced he will bring down the curtain on his remarkable football career at the end of the European season, sparking a rush for tickets to see his final match for newly-crowned French champions PSG at Ligue 1 club Lorient on May 26.

The former England captain, born in Leytonstone near Orient's ground, announced overnight that he was retiring at the end of the season after PSG's final match at FC Lorient in north-west France on May 26.

Leyton Orient, who once gave Beckham a trial as a schoolboy, moved quickly to prevent any confusion.

"Already had a few phone calls but to clear things up Beckham's last game is against FC Lorient not us," they said on their official Twitter feed.

A spokesman for the London club, whose attendances rarely top 4,000, said it was not the first time the two had been confused.

The Orient spokesman added: "But to be honest, the people I spoke to were pretty clueless".