Butcher: I don't believe Becks

FORMER Ipswich and England captain Terry Butcher still believes David Beckham was guilty of indiscipline in getting booked against Wales - despite the Real Madrid star's claim that it was all done on purpose.

FORMER Ipswich and England captain Terry Butcher still believes David Beckham was guilty of indiscipline in getting booked against Wales - despite the Real Madrid star's claim that it was all done on purpose.

Beckham was today hoping FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who was visiting Azerbaijan, did not order disciplinary action against him for bringing the game into disrepute.

World Cup hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst insisted Beckham had even “brought the country into disrepute” with his comments.

Beckham revealed that, after realising he would miss tonight's game through injury in any case, he set out to earn his second booking of the campaign last Saturday.

That ensured his previous caution was effectively expunged from the records, although he did not choose to throw the ball away or show dissent to earn the booking.

Instead, he effectively risked injury to himself or Ben Thatcher, or earning a three-match ban for getting sent off, in piling into a rash challenge.

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Butcher, who had been critical of Beckham's recent displays for his country, still finds it hard to believe the Real Madrid midfielder could have been so calculating.

“It's something that I wouldn't have done and I wouldn't have admitted that I got myself booked,” said the Motherwell boss and BBC Radio Five Live summariser.

“I don't believe that you can deliberately get yourself booked without risking a red card.

“I've seen him get booked a few times in the past in the same sort of way. There wasn't a big gap between the incidents so I don't believe that has necessarily been the case.

“Do I believe him? Not really, no. We've seen it lots of times before when the red mist has come down and he's reacted.”

Hurst believes Sir Alf Ramsey would have seriously considered taking away the England captaincy from Bobby Moore if the West Ham defender had, out of character, done anything similar.

Butcher, capped 77 times, added: “I think David will carry on because Sven will ensure he carries on as captain.

“He'd played very well and scored a great goal. That's the sort of thing people wanted to remember him by, but unfortunately they'll now think of him for being booked.”

Beckham returned to Spain after the game to be examined by Real Madrid's doctors.

Scans today revealed the England captain has two small fractures in his ribs and he will be sidelined for up to a month.

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