Beckham reveals 1998 World Cup red card still hurts
David Beckham has laid bare the lingering pain he felt he caused to his family following the red card he received at the 1998 World Cup, saying his dismissal left him a "mess".
The revelation is contained in a new Netflix documentary series entitled "Beckham", set for release on Wednesday, in which the ex-England midfielder looks back on a career that included spells at Manchester United and Real Madrid.
It also looks at his marriage to Spice Girls singer turned fashion designer Victoria.
Beckham, now 48 and the co-owner of MLS franchise Inter Miami, was sent off for kicking the back of Diego Simeone's leg during a last-16 World Cup tie against Argentina.
England went on to lose the match following a penalty shoot-out, with Beckham widely blamed for the defeat in a public backlash that saw him repeatedly jeered by rival fans when in action for United during the following season.
In the documentary, Victoria Beckham said the continued abuse left her husband "absolutely clinically depressed" as the then 23-year-old tried to deal with the fallout alongside becoming a father for the first time in March 1999.
Beckham admitted the abuse "took a toll on me that I never knew myself".
He said: "I wish there was a pill you could take which could erase certain memories. I made a stupid mistake. It changed my life.
"We were in America (on holiday after the World Cup), just about to have our first baby, and I thought, 'we will be fine. In a day or two people will have forgotten'."