David Beckham

Football icon David Beckham cops six-month driving ban for bending the rules

A London judge gave the football icon a six-month driving ban on Thursday (Friday NZT) after he previously had pleaded guilty to using a  mobile phone while driving his Bentley in central London last November.

A prosecutor said in court that a member of the public had photographed Beckham using his cellphone as he drove in "slowly moving" traffic and alerted police officers.

"Instead of looking straight forward, paying attention to the road, he appeared to be looking at his lap," prosecutor Matthew Spratt said in Bromley magistrates court, per the Guardian.

Beckham criticised for kissing daughter on lip

The former Manchester United star was criticised by some fans after posting a photo with him and five-year-old daughter Harper on Instagram.

Speaking during a Facebook Live interview, he said: "We want to show our kids love."

David Beckham's wife Victoria was also criticised for posting a picture of herself kissing their daughter on the lips last year.

"I got criticised for kissing my daughter on the lips the other day," he said.

"I kiss all my kids on the lips.

"Brooklyn, maybe not. Brooklyn's 18, he might find that a little bit strange.

David Beckham rubbishes 'brand Beckham' claims

The former professional footballer was appearing on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs to celebrate the show's 75th anniversary.

"People have talked about 'do we stay together because it's a brand?' Of course not," he said.

"We stay together because we love each other. We stay together because we have four amazing children."

He told presenter Kirsty Young: "We're a strong family unit. We've got strong parents, we were brought up with the right values.

David Beckham: Stand up for children everywhere

During a preseason tour with the club to Thailand in 2001, I visited a local child protection center that was providing vital support to children as young as five who'd experienced violence and abuse. Seeing the organization's incredible work firsthand had a great impact on me, especially as my son Brooklyn was just 2 years old at the time, and as a new father I wanted to do what I could to help.