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Stampede over Beckham injures 7 in Shanghai

A police officer is carried after being crushed in a stampede to see soccer superstar David Beckham at Tonji University in Shanghai on June 20, 2013. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images
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A police officer is carried after being crushed in a stampede to see soccer superstar David Beckham at Tonji University in Shanghai on June 20, 2013. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images .
People are crushed in a stampede to see soccer superstar David Beckham at Tonji University in Shanghai on June 20, 2013. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images
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People are crushed in a stampede to see soccer superstar David Beckham at Tonji University in Shanghai on June 20, 2013. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images .
People are crushed in a stampede to see soccer superstar David Beckham at Tonji University in Shanghai on June 20, 2013. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images
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People are crushed in a stampede to see soccer superstar David Beckham at Tonji University in Shanghai on June 20, 2013. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images .
A fan is injured in a stampede during David Beckham's visit at Tongji University on June 20, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
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A fan is injured in a stampede during David Beckham's visit at Tongji University on June 20, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images .
An injured person is carried to an ambulance after a stampede during David Beckham's visit at Tongji University on June 20, 2013 in Shanghai, China.  Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
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An injured person is carried to an ambulance after a stampede during David Beckham's visit at Tongji University on June 20, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images .
David Beckham is surrounded by fans as he visits Tongji University on June 20, 2013 in Shanghai, China.  Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
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David Beckham is surrounded by fans as he visits Tongji University on June 20, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images .
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David Beckham fans take photos during his visit at Tongji University on June 20, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
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David Beckham fans take photos during his visit at Tongji University on June 20, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images .

BEIJING – Fans eager to see soccer superstar David Beckham stormed a police cordon Thursday in a stampede at a Shanghai university that injured seven people including five security personnel.

Three police officers, two university security guards and two students — including a Japanese student — were injured, Shanghai police said on its official microblog.

Nearly 1,000 fans had gathered at a stadium in Shanghai Tongji University, where the retired star was to meet members of the university team, according to the state-run news site Xinmin Net.
Watch: Stampede during David Beckham appearance in Shanghai

Upon Beckham’s arrival, fans stormed through a gate and broke through a line formed by police and guards, Xinmin said. Photos and video footage show people pushed onto the ground, shoes scattered and a uniformed woman being carried away — her face covered in blood.

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“Too crazy,” said Chu Dan, a Tongji University soccer player who was hoping to have “some interaction on the pitch” with Beckham. “But we didn’t expect so many people showing up here — too many fans of Beckham.”

The event was cancelled, and Shanghai police said they were investigating the incident.

A post on Beckham’s microblog on the popular Chinese-language platform Sina Weibo wishes the injured speedy recoveries and expresses regret for the cancellation. “It was impossible to get through the massive crowds,” it reads.

Beckham is in China this week on a seven-day promotional tour for the Chinese Super League, China’s top league. He has been hired as an “image ambassador” to promote the sport.