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Hackers tried to blackmail David Beckham over email leak

Hackers tried to blackmail David Beckham over email leakHackers behind the leak of emails in which David Beckham allegedly complains about being snubbed for a knighthood reportedly demanded €1m from the sports agency representing him, The Independent said on Monday.

Police in Portugal, where Doyen Sports has an office, have been investigating the attempted blackmail for a year. Beckham was not the explicit target of the hack, a source told the Daily Mirror, but was "caught in the crossfire".

"They approached by email and attempted to meet via another third party," a source said.

"They said we have all this information and you have to pay up. It was blackmail, pure and simple," the source added.

The leaked emails included one in which Beckham purportedly lambasts the honours committee which decides on recipients as "a bunch of c***s" and brands the honours system as "a f****** joke".

A representative of the former England captain dismissed the contents of the messages as "outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third-party server".

He said the material "gives a deliberately inaccurate picture".

The Daily Mail reported Beckham was on the verge of receiving a knighthood in the 2014 New Year's Honours list but HM Revenue and Customs placed a red flag on his nomination due to his involvement in an alleged tax avoidance scheme.

In response to his PR chief's email notifying him of the red flag, the newspaper said Beckham wrote: "The flag has no truth behind it as we didn't (do) nothing wrong everything is and was above board... C***s."

Other emails reportedly saw Beckham react negatively to a suggested donation to Unicef, of which he is a goodwill ambassador.

The charity said: "Unicef has become aware of media reports relating to 7: the David Beckham Fund for Unicef. Some reports relate to alleged private correspondence between our ambassador and other parties, which we have not seen and cannot comment upon."

It added: "We are extremely proud of the 7 Fund and all it has achieved for children."

David Beckham has already confessed to sending the shocking leaked emails that have rocked his millions of fans worldwide.

But he has told friends they were written “in the heat of the moment” after he was passed over for a knighthood – and that some of them had been “doctored”. But he insisted: “I don’t care about being knighted.”

And sources say he is determined to continue working with UNICEF, insisting he had not helped the charity just to boost his chances of becoming a Sir.
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