| Beckham arrives at a Madrid hotel on Sunday. (Reuters)
April 11: The crisis enveloping the private life of footballer David Beckham deepened last night after a second woman came forward with claims that she had a two-year affair with the England captain.
Sarah Marbeck claims that the affair started only four hours after she met Beckham at a party during Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the Far East in July 2001.
In an interview with the News of the World, the Malaysian-born 29-year-old said Beckham invited her to his hotel room shortly after meeting her at the poolside party.
The newspaper, which printed pictures of the pair together, is rumoured to have paid £350,000 to Beckham’s former personal assistant, Rebecca Loos, who claims to have had an affair with him after he left United and joined Real Madrid.
Marbeck claimed that she was escorted to Beckham’s hotel room by bodyguards and that the pair made love four hours after they met. She said the affair continued via hundreds of text messages, many of them sexually explicit, over the following two years. She claimed that they had pet names for each other — he calling her Tinkerbell and she naming him Peter Pan.
She said the pair met again on March 27, 2002, when Beckham captained England against Italy at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground. She alleges that Beckham left her tickets for the game after she contacted him following their first meeting in Singapore.
She said a guard came to her seat after the match and asked her to follow him down to the players’ tunnel. Later, she said, Beckham texted her with another invitation back to his hotel room.
The newspaper printed several of the text messages allegedly sent between the two.
Beckham was told about the claims at 9 pm yesterday. Friends of the footballer and his wife hinted last night that they had serious questions about the credibility of the allegations, saying they would consider releasing a statement after further deliberation.
Marbeck, who now lives in Australia, told the newspaper: “He said he felt he’d been hit by a sledgehammer from the first time he saw me. He said he loved the way I tied my hair back.
“The first time he said he loved me was after we spoke on the phone and he said he didn’t think the lines were safe so he’d send a text. He sent one saying, ‘I love you’.”
In a further interview with the News of the World today, Loos said: “His wife was thousands of miles away all the time and was no support to him at all. “I am very sure our affair would never have got off the ground if she had been by his side. What happened between me and David was more than just sex. He needed a woman to be with him and to help him through a difficult, lonely spell in his life.”
Loos even claimed that she had been partly motivated by altruism in making her allegations because she intended to donate a portion of her fee from the newspaper to a charity for orphans.
Friends of the Beckhams reacted guardedly to the latest revelations last night. They made the point that both the women making accusations are being paid and that similar claims had been hawked around newspapers since January.