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Photos of Beckham in his underpants anger UK officials


England soccer officials are angry at paparazzi photos splashed across British tabloid newspapers of star captain David Beckham in his underpants.

The Sun and the Daily Star newspapers printed the photographs on their front pages on Thursday.

The English Football Association warned British newspaper editors and sports reporters in Lisbon ahead of England's opening match with France tomorrow that it considered the pictures "an unjustifiable intrusion into his private life."

England has also consulted the Press Complaints Commission and complained to the Newspaper Publishers Association.

In its warning to editors, the NPA said the FA communications director, Colin Gibson, had warned of "the withdrawal of opportunities" for titles that published the pictures.

Beckham is pictured wearing only underpants and sunglasses. More photos, all taken by a Portuguese paparazzo, were printed in inside pages, with Phil Neville also pictured.

"I've not spoken to David about it," Neville said.

"Really, the way that football is going now with the high profile players, it's something that you probably can't do anything about, but we don't like it."

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