Football star David Beckham says WAG culture went 'too far'

David Beckham has spoken out about WAG culture. (Darren Gerrish/WireImage for White Company)
David Beckham has spoken out about WAG culture. (Darren Gerrish/WireImage for White Company)

David Beckham has said WAG culture went 'too far' back in the day and suggested his wife Victoria has some regrets about that time.

The wives and girlfriends of footballers — which included Spice Girl turned designer Victoria, singer Cheryl and Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen — were high profile in the early noughties and started attending the football camps.

It has been suggested that some of them stole the show at the 2006 World Cup, with the focus more on the WAGs than the football.

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Speaking on Gary Neville’s The Overlap YouTube channel, Beckham said of that time: “I always believed, as an England captain, that having the kids around and wives or girlfriends around wasn’t a bad thing.

Cheryl Tweedy (black hat), partner of Ashley Cole, Coleen McLoughlin (centre) girlfriend of Wayne Rooney and Victoria Beckham (sunglasses), wife of David Beckham in the stands ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group B match between England and Trinidad and Tobago at the Franken-Stadion, Nuremberg, Germany.
Cheryl, Coleen Rooney and Victoria Beckham at a match. (PA)

"I totally understand once you are in training camp, you are in training camp and you have to focus.

"But I think at the start of a tournament and after a game I don’t think that is a bad thing

“But looking back, that kind of whole culture at the time, there was a lot of attention around that, and I think that… whether people behaved themselves in the right manner… I don’t know.”

He went on: “Even Victoria — she's the first to say now, when she looks back — she’s like, 'What was I doing, what was I wearing, why would I do that?'”

Cheryl Tweedy, girlfriend of England's Ashley Cole (l), Victoria Beckham (r), wife of England's captain David Beckham and Carla Zucker (middle left), partner of Joe Cole in the stands
Some of the wives and girlfriends in the stands. (PA)

Asked if it went too far, he said: “I think it did.”

The footy ace — who has four children with Victoria — went on: “There was more spoken about the wives and girlfriends than there was the football.

“At the time, especially for the players, more than anything you want to focus on the tournament rather than anything else.


“I do think it went too far."

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However, the star added: “But I also do believe having the wives and girlfriends and family around, at the right times, is a good thing.”

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