Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BID TO HALT BECKHAM KNIGHTHOOD; Whitehall Concern over Tax Exile and 'Lady Posh'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BID TO HALT BECKHAM KNIGHTHOOD; Whitehall Concern over Tax Exile and 'Lady Posh'

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DAVID BECKHAM is at the centre of a Whitehall campaign to prevent him being made a knight.

Civil servants have been asked to consider the former England captain's suitability for the honour.

But there are concerns about his move to play in the United States, where he will effectively be a tax exile, and also questions about whether his wife should become Lady Beckham.

Two lists are being prepared

the Queen's Birthday Honours and Tony Blair's resignation honours.

A source told the Evening Standard: "His name has been put forward but there is a view among some officials that it should not be approved while there is a conflict between his future as an England player and his contract with an American club. "Some officials feel that there is nothing wrong with honouring a player who is based in Europe and free to represent his country if required, but feel there is a big difference if the same player is earning his main income and paying tax in the United States and unable to play for England. …

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