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David Beckham’s appearance at Shanghai university leads to stampede

An event David Beckham was attending for young footballers in Shanghai had to be cancelled today after the crowd caused a stampede, leading to multiple injuries.

The event, held at the prestigious Tongji University, was to include a number of local school children who participate in the country’s new Schoolyard Football initiave. Upon Beckham’s arrival, the large crowd of university students and parents pushed forward to catch a glimpse of Beckham, causing massive commotion.

Local media put the number of injured at five, one student and four police and security guards. They say none of the injuries are life threatening, but wouldn’t go further into the condition of anyone involved. Eyewitnesses put the number slightly higher than what is currently being reported.

This is not the first Beckham event in Shanghai that has had crowd control issues. At an event last night for the Queen’s birthday, Beckham’s own private security had to be reinforced with British consulate employees to prevent a similar crush. Beckham will be in Hangzhou over the weekend where he will attend the Hangzhou Greentown-Beijing Guoan match.

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

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