Soccer star David Beckham had to be restrained by Los Angeles Galaxy officials after fans turned on him during ugly scenes at a game on Sunday (19Jul09).
The sportsman had already endured boos from fans last week (16Jul09) during his first match for the club after a brief loan at Italian side AC Milan.
On Sunday he played his first game in Los Angeles since his return - but it quickly turned nasty for the star, who was watched by Spice Girl wife Victoria, Tom Cruise and Kate Beckinsale.
A section of the crowd made it clear they were unhappy at rumours Beckham is planning to quit the club for good. Dozens of LA Galaxy fans booed him every time he touched the ball, while others held aloft banners reading, "Go home, fraud" and "23: Repent" - a reference to the star's famous shirt number.
Others waved signs reading, "Hey Becks, here before you, here after you, here despite you," and, "Is evil something u are... or something u do?"
One man even evaded security to taunt Beckham from the side of the pitch - and the British star then tried to leap over a barrier to confront him. Beckham had to be held back by LA Galaxy officials as the fan was removed from the ground.
Beckham was later keen to play down the incident, insisting he just wanted to shake the man's hand.
He tells Sky News, "A few of the guys were shouting not nice things that go over the level of football chants. I walked over at the whistle and said, 'Calm down', and tried to call one to shake my hand and he just started swearing at me. That's the way it is."
Beckham has been idolised by LA Galaxy fans since joining the club in 2007 from Spanish side Real Madrid.