Stampede Breaks Out At David Beckham Event In Shanghai, Several Injured

David Beckham Shanghai stampede 1
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:

David Beckham Joins Sina Weibo, Is In Beijing, Maybe Still Thinks There’s Hope For Chinese Soccer

David Beckham on Sina Weibo
David Beckham arrived in Beijing yesterday, kicking off his second tour of China as soccer ambassador. (His first trip, in March, saw him hilariously whiff on a free kick.) The positive publicity couldn't have come soon enough, considering the Chinese national team's humiliating 5-1 thrashing at the hands and feet of Thailand's youth team on Saturday. What was one of the first things Becks did? Join Sina Weibo, of course. Check out his first post:

David Beckham, Global Soccer Ambassador, Arrives In Beijing

David Beckham in Beijing
David Beckham, China's first ambassador for soccer, arrived in Beijing on Wednesday morning to a, well, David Beckham welcome. Fans waited for hours for him to arrive to Shijia Hutong Primary School, where he played soccer in dress shoes and a butoned up shirt. He also kicked the ball around at the FC Guo'an practice facility. The above video is him arriving at the scene.