David Beckham watches his teams Spanish first divisionsoccermatch against Zaragoza at Santiago Bernabeu stadium inMadridJanuary 14, 2007. Real coach Fabio Capello had said Beckhamwouldnot have the chance to play for the team till hismove.[Reuters]
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello said it was a joint decisiontodiscard David Beckham for the rest of the season after hedecidedto join Los Angeles Galaxy.
It was the technical team, which includes me, my assistantFrancoBaldini and sporting director Predrag Mijatovic, who tookthedecision, Capello told a news conference on Sunday.
If a player has a contract (with another club) it isntcenterthat you continue to treat him as just another player.
The former England captain turned down a contract extensionatReal and announced on Thursday his new deal, which will take himtothe United States at the end of the season.
Capello responded the following day, saying the 31-year-oldwouldonly train with the squad and not play for his last six monthsinthe Spanish capital.
Beckham watched from the stands on Sunday as Real beatRealZaragoza 1-0 to climb within two points of leaders Sevilla.
At a tense news conference Capello was asked what thedifferencewas between Beckham deciding to leave while still undercontract tothe club and the Italians decision to join former clubAC Milan adecade ago while still Real coach.
The difference is the American league starts in April andminedidnt. I told the club president first and thats alittledifferent. Also I hadnt actually signed the contract,hesaid.
When reporters tried to ask more questions about Beckham,Capelloadded: I think weve talked enough about Beckham.
The Real coach also asked to be forgiven for a rude gesturehetwice made to some fans sitting in the stands near the dugout ashecenter the pitch at the end of the game.
I want to apologise for what I did. Since the first day Iarrivedthere have been two people behind the bench who havecontinuallyoffended me and today it went too far, he said.
They are the same ones that were here ten years ago, butIshouldnt have done what I did, added Capello.