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Olympics: 'Special New Role For David Beckham'
David Beckham has been given a special role in the opening ceremony of the Olympics after being left out of the Great Britain football squad, it is claimed.
Organisers are said to have added a new section just for the footballer, although it is claimed they want to keep it a 'surprise'.
In what was seen as a snub to the 37-year-old, former England team mate Stuart Pearce chose not to include him in the Olympic football squad.
According to The People newspaper, Lord Coe then began 'plotting' to give the ex-England captain a prominent role in Friday's ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.
An un-named 'source' is quoted as saying: "It is all being kept secretive because both the Olympics committee and David Beckham's camp want it to remain a huge surprise.
"It is something no-one will be able to guess. It is different from anything anyone would expect."
Beckham helped Britain secure the Games and accompanied the Olympic flame from Athens to Britain and carried it before the torch relay.
However, the source claimed he will not be lighting the stadium torch nor carrying the Olympic flag into the arena.
It is claimed British Olympic officials told Stuart Pearce he would have the final decision on who to include in team GB and was under no pressure to include Beckham.
He decided not to include the midfielder after watching him play several times for his club, LA Galaxy.
Beckham's wife Victoria is already in London preparing for her part in the closing ceremony where she will sing with the Spice Girls.