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FOOTBALL: RED BECKS; He's off again.. after ANOTHER clash with Argentinian.

Byline: LEE WEST

DAVID BECKHAM was sent off last night as Real Madrid hammered Valencia in an ill-tempered Spanish cup clash and said: "I didn't deserve it. It wouldn't have happened in England."

The England captain was given his marching orders in the 87th minute after a foul on Argentine Pablo Aimar earned him a second yellow card in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg.

Beckham said: "I was happy with the 3-0 victory, but disappointed with the sending off. I didn't think it was deserved because I was running back and I just clipped Pablo's ankle as I ran back with him and the ref decided it was another card. I don't know what the first card was for.

"If I had said something to the ref he wouldn't have understood.

"I wouldn't have got sent off in England, but I have no qualms with the referee, it's his decision."

Beckham's first yellow card was for dissent in the 68th minute.

Ref Luis Medina Cantalejo said: "I had no option but to book him a second time."

It was only the third time Beckham has been sent off. The first came in the 1998 World Cup, when he kicked Argentina's Diego Simeone.

His second was in January 2000, for a high tackle when playing for Manchester United against Necaxa in the World Club Championship.

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BECKHAM: Sent off; REAL MAD-RED: Beckham can't believe it as referee Medina Cantalejo sends him off for a second yellow card last night
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2004
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