Former England captain David Beckham's reputation could be tarnished after damning emails, being referred to as 'Beckileaks', between the superstar and PR his team of advisors were leaked.
The media reports allege that the 41-year-old Beckham sent emails to Doyen Global, the firm run by his PR chief and friend Simon Oliveira, with an expletive-littered outburst after failing to get knighted.
The popular Beckham is alleged to have been so desperate for knighthood that he used his charity work with UNICEF to try and become 'Sir David'.
The hack is being investigated in Portugal via a police probe where 18.6 million emails and documents were hacked from the servers of Doyen Global, where the private emails are alleged to include 'comments' about several well-known figures, according to The Sun on Sunday.
A representative of Beckham's told The Sun that information in the reports had been "stolen and hacked", while UNICEF said it could not comment as they had not seen any emails.
"UNICEF has become aware of media reports relating to 7: the David Beckham Fund for UNICEF," the charity said.
"Some reports relate to alleged private correspondence between our ambassador and other parties, which we have not seen and cannot comment upon."
A spokesperson for Beckham said: "This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third-party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture.
"David Beckham and UNICEF have had a powerful partnership in support of children for over 15 years. The David Beckham 7 Fund specifically has raised millions of pounds and helped millions of vulnerable children around the world. David Beckham has given significant time and energy and has made personal financial donations to the 7 Fund and this commitment will continue long-term.
"Before establishing the 7 Fund, David had supported UNICEF and a number of other charities over many years, including donating his entire earnings from PSG during his time playing there.
"David and UNICEF are rightly proud of what they have and will continue to achieve together and are happy to let the facts speak for themselves."
The hacking of Beckham's emails is disgraceful, but so is what he said in them. Time for people to wake up to reality re 'Saint' Dave. https://t.co/dGP9H8LgZl
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 5, 2017