Football ace David Beckham is understood to have started the New Year with a huge argument with F1 boss Ron Dennis over seating arrangements at a New Year’s Eve party in the Maldives.
According to onlookers, Mr Beckham took Mr Dennis to task after he took seats which had been reserved for his family as well as friends celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey and his family. Mr Dennis apparently said that he had a right to sit there because he had “paid the most money”.
The argument was over seating at the plush One & Only Reethi Rah resort in the Maldives, where Mr Beckham had particularly wanted a good view of the stage as his wife Victoria Beckham, 42, was singing the Spice Girls’ song 2 Become 1 with her ex bandmate Mel C, also 42. The Beckhams’ youngest son Cruz was also singing on the night, having released a charity track during the festive season.
However, Mr Dennis, who is the former chairman of Forumla One team McLaren was with around 30 people, who moved over into seat allocated to other people after they had finished their dinner. When a female member of the Beckham party asked Dennis to move, he is understood to have said: “I’ve paid the most money on the island, I deserve to sit here.”
Mr Beckham became enraged at his rudeness and a row broke out, although the pair are understood to have settled their differences the following day, with Mr Dennis apologising for his behaviour.
A friend of Mr Dennis’s said that voices were raised, but it was a “storm in a teacup,” which had blown over by the following day. The pair, who both regularly go to the Maldives, had previously been friends, with Mr Beckham hving donated his Wembley box at an England game to Mr Dennis for a charity request.