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Players back Beckham in Real row 1/19/2007
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has held clear-the-air talks with his players in the wake of indiscreet comments he made about Davd Beckham.
Calderon called Beckham a "second-rate actor" after signing for LA Galaxy - and said the team was not civilised.

But skipper Raul has revealed: "We met the president to talk about everything that had happened. Calderon said sorry.

"It was a positive meeting in which certain rules were implemented so that this situation does not happen again."

Calderon made the comments in a speech to university students that was aired by Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

We will have to see - it is necessary to be flexible

Real coach Fabio Capello hints Beckham could play again

He said the Real players "all think they are superstars" and the fans "don''''t support the team, like in Italy and England".

And he said of Beckham: "He will be an average cinema actor living in Hollywood."

But he later apologised, telling Real Madrid television: "I want to apologise a thousand times to anyone that might have been offended."

But Raul, 29, hinted that some players were not thoroughly satisfied after the meeting, which was held on Thursday.

"Everyone came out with a good feeling although some team-mates felt more upset than others." added Raul.

"We want the problems to be arranged internally, so that there are not different messages and everything that needs to be said to improve things is done so internally."

The meeting lasted 90 minutes and one player was quoted as saying: "Are you with us or against us? You''''d have been better off saying what you said to our faces."

Meanwhile, Real coach Fabio Capello suggested earlier in the week that Beckham might yet play for Real again.

"We have to see," said Capello. "The idea that we have now is the one that you know. It is necessary to be flexible sometimes.

"Beckham is a great professional who always trains with a great desire. Ideas can be changed."

The Italian had originally made it clear that Beckham''''s announcement to join the LA Galaxy had ended his Real playing career.

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