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Miami rejects David Beckham's football stadium site

Media captionDavid Beckham launched the plan in February

The US city of Miami has rejected former England football captain David Beckham's plan to build a football stadium on a city waterfront.

The city determined the proposed location next to a major basketball arena was "inappropriate".

Mr Beckham has travelled to the city frequently in recent months to launch a Major League Soccer (MLS) club.

His business group, Beckham Miami United, has said it will continue to pursue alternative locations.

The group is required to finalise a stadium deal before it can win approval from MLS, the US professional football league, to open a club.

An earlier proposal for a waterfront stadium site also experienced local resistance from cruise lines.

Scrutiny of the deal rose sharply after the city provided $500m (£298m) in public funding to build a new stadium for the Miami Marlins baseball team.

Public anger over that deal is said to have contributed to a 2011 vote ousting the former Miami-Dade County mayor from office.

Beckham Miami United has agreed to finance a $250m stadium - expected to seat an estimated 20,000 spectators - and pay rent on the publicly owned land.

His partners in the endeavour include British entrepreneur Simon Fuller and mobile phone services billionaire Marcelo Claure.

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