England captain David Beckham will not face
disciplinary action after telling a newspaper he deliberately got
himself booked in a World Cup qualifier against Wales, the Football
Association (FA) said on Thursday.
Beckham caused a furore by saying he fouled Wales defender Ben Thatcher
in order to get a yellow card and serve out a one-match suspension for
the qualifier against Azerbaijan while injured.
Beckham suffered a rib injury moments before his booking in the Group
Six game on October 9 and knew he would be ruled out of the 1-0 victory
in Azerbaijan four days later.
"Following due process under the FA's disciplinary regulations, the FA's
compliance department has reviewed all available information and
concluded that there is insufficient evidence to pursue a disciplinary
charge," a statement said.
"However, David Beckham has been reminded of his responsibilities and
the rules of conduct he is expected to adhere to both as an England
player and as captain.
"The FA now considers this matter to be closed."
The Real Madrid midfielder could have been suspended for England's next
qualifier in March at home to Northern Ireland.
England lead Group Six on 10 points, ahead of Poland (9), Austria (5),
Northern Ireland (3), Wales (2) and Azerbaijan (2).