Government officials in the U.K. have reportedly launched a campaign to block soccer star David Beckham from receiving a knighthood.
The former England captain could lose out on the country's top honour - which would see him titled Sir David Beckham - because of his move to Los Angeles with wife Victoria later this summer (07) as he begins a contract with L.A Galaxy.
The transatlantic transfer is the source of contention among British officials who help decide who is given the honour.
A source told London's Evening Standard, "His name has been put forward but there is a view among some officials that it should not be approved while there is a conflict between his future as an England player and his contract with an American club.
"Some officials feel that there is nothing wrong with honouring a player who is based in Europe and free to represent his country if required, but feel there is a big difference if the same player is earning his main income and paying tax in the United States and unable to play for England."
Beckham was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003.