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Beckham cleared for Salford City shareholder's role

18:44 GMT 31/01/2019
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The former Man United star joins a host of his friends and old team-mates in picking up a stake in the National League club

David Beckham has received clearance from the Football Association to become a shareholder in Salford City. 

The former Manchester United star and England captain will take up a role as a director of the National League club after passing the FA's approval tests. 

Salford, who confirmed the news via Twitter, will present Beckham to fans at the Peninsula Stadium when they host Maidstone United on Saturday. 

Beckham joins ex-United team-mates from the 'Class of '92' in investing in the club, including Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt. 

The 43 year old is also actively involved in club ownership in the United States as an investor in the MLS expansion franchise Inter Miami, which is due to start playing in the 2020 season.

Singaporean businessman Peter Lim remains the largest single shareholder at Salford, with 40 per cent. 

Speaking to Salford's official website last week, Beckham said: "It's a proud moment for me to join Peter Lim and the Class of '92 lads as an owner of Salford City FC. 

"It's a really special club and a special group of people. My early years in Manchester were all spent in Salford. I grew up there in many ways so to be able to finally join the lads and the club is a great feeling."

Gary Neville had also revealed his delight in an event organised last week to celebrate Beckham's participation in the project.

"We wanted to announce it on our terms," Neville said, flanked by his other ex-United colleagues at a briefing Beckham was unable to attend.

"We know there's a process to go through and we can't be presumptuous that he will be accepted.

"David will attend a game at the earliest possible opportunity as the FA do their due diligence with the process.

"We don’t know how long it will take. We've applied today. The FA are seeing the documentation for the first time today.

"David has signed the forms but you have to enter the process to determine fit and proper ownership."