England midfielder David Beckham is to escape punishment for making a one-fingered gesture to a group of angry English fans after the upset 3-2 loss to Portugal in the Euro 2000 finals, the Press Association said.
The Manchester United player, already disappointed at losing a game where England had taken a 2-0 lead, was barracked by his own supporters as he made his way off the field at Eindhoven Monday.
Although most observers within the stadium didn't pick up his "one-fingered salute", an eagle-eyed photographer caught the incident on camera as Beckham was applauding the fans for their positive support.
But a UEFA spokesman confirmed Tuesday that no action would be taken against Beckham because the incident had not been mentioned in the reports of Swedish referee Anders Frisk or the referees' assessor.
With the official UEFA observer also deciding the matter was not worth further attention, Beckham can now start to prepare for Saturday's crunch clash with Germany with a clear conscience.
"No action will be taken," confirmed a UEFA spokesman in Rotterdam.
English FA spokesman Steve Double said: "As the team left the pitch some of the players were subjected to disgusting, foul-mouthed abuse from a small group who we would hesitate to describe as England fans - (AFP)
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