Tuesday 10 October 2006
David Beckham believed Russian water would make him bald
His fellow soccer stars Ryan Giggs and Gary and Phil Neville also fell for the prank when Manchester United visited the country for a UEFA Cup tie in 1995.
The team's assistant manager Brian Kidd fooled the players by telling them the water was contaminated after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and washing in it would make their hair drop out.
Officials only realised Becks, now 31, and his pals had been taken in when they asked why they were getting through so much bottled water.
Ian Dunwoody, who organised Man U's trips abroad, told The Sun: 'We took our own food and bottled water. When I asked about the amount of water being used they said it wasn't for drinking but for washing. It costs thousands of pounds in water.'