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David Beckham says UNICEF emails were 'hacked' and 'doctored'

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Emmy Griffiths
Emmy GriffithsTV & Film Editor
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A spokesperson for David Beckham has released a statement to HELLO! about the retired footballer's allegedly leaked emails, saying they were "doctored." Addressing the reports that David's emails, which reportedly showed the star requesting the charity UNICEF pay for his flights and expressing anger over having missed out on a Knighthood, the football player's spokesman explained that the information had been hacked and altered. "This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture," the statement read. "David Beckham and UNICEF have had a powerful partnership in support of children for over 15 years.

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David's spokesperson called the emails 'doctored'

"The David Beckham 7 Fund specifically has raised millions of pounds and helped millions of vulnerable children around the world," the statement continued. "David Beckham has given significant time and energy and has made personal financial donations to the 7 Fund and this commitment will continue long term. Before establishing the 7 Fund, David had supported UNICEF and a number of other charities over many years, including donating his entire earnings from PSG during his time playing there. David and UNICEF are rightly proud of what they have and will continue to achieve together and are happy to let the facts speak for themselves."

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David has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005

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UNICEF also released a statement regarding the emails. "UNICEF has become aware of media reports relating to 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund," they posted on their site. "Some reports relate to alleged private correspondence between our ambassador and other parties, which we have not seen and cannot comment upon. David Beckham has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005, and as well as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s work for children, David has given significant funds personally."

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