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He's widely regarded as one of the most talented soccer players in the world, but that didn't stop a referee from giving David Beckham a red card at a children's match in L.A.

Before his son Romeo took the field, "there was a penalty given" to a young player from another team, Beckham recalled on The Jonathan Ross Show Saturday.

"The kids are 7 years old and [the referee] sent the kid off. And I was like, 'Come on, he's 7 years old, referee! You can't send him off.' And he looked at me and was like, 'Yes, I can.'"

Beckham, 36, grew defiant and fought back, arguing: "You can't -- he's 7 years old!' And [the referee] came over and he gave me a red card," the L.A. Galaxy player said. "He told me to get out of the park. For real."

The British athlete "went to the other side of the gate" for the duration of the game, "and I came back when my son's game was on."

Beckham's presence is usually welcomed at local sporting events. "The dads like seeing me there," Beckham admitted, "and I coach the kids at times."