At least five people were injured in a stampede this afternoon at Shanghai’s Tongji University as hundreds of spectators, many of them students, jostled for a closer glimpse of David Beckham.
An ambassador for Chinese football, Beckham was scheduled to take the field alongside the Tongji team and a local youth team, but the event was cancelled.
The international icon posted the following message to his Sina Weibo account at 4:39 pm:
I had an incredible response from everyone at Shanghai Tongji University today, sorry I couldn’t get out on the pitch to see the teams It was impossible to get through the massive crowds. I heard there were a few injuries, hope the fans are ok and I wish them a speed recovery.
Pictures and video of the incident are beginning to surface all over Youku, Sina Weibo, and other places. The above is a ground-level look at the madness as fans surround Beckham’s car. The below is a bird’s-eye view:
We’re surprised more people weren’t hurt, honestly.
Here’s another look from the ground. The cameraperson was smart for staying out of the fray:
Youku vids of the above: