Manchester Utd is not coming after all

Man U dump Malaysia match

Kuala Lumpur – Premier League champions Manchester United on Thursday bowed to pressure from the Asian Football Confederation and called off their planned match in Malaysia in July.

Ah, well so sad (depending on whether you are a MU fanatic or not). The AFC wins after all. I guess not even the combined power of KJ , his father-in-law  and the Azalina could persuade the AFC to change their mind.

It all started with this surprise announcement. Which let to a lot of anguish by local fans who wrote into the papers and led to a decision by FAM to go on with it.

I think you know this got them into trouble with the AFC. And boy did AFC retaliate.

I don’t know how you all feel about this whole fiasco, but personally (because I’m not a football fanatic):

This is an example of the problem European clubs face. One of overpacked league schedules. I’m sure MU wanted to come here. But they are not gonna to come in the middle of their season right? So they choose to come in July, just before the new EPL season starts which, unfortunately, clashes with the Asian Cup.

It’s kinda sad because the club will tour the other countries like Japan and South Korea. Maybe if you’re up to it, fly to Macau to see them instead.

What I find kinda strange is the whole ‘tourism’ thingy. Come on-lah, MU coming here is more a treat for local fans that a steroid boost into the countries tourism earnings. I seriously doubt that one football club, (no matter how big and well known they are) can draw the legions from overseas Tengku Mansor is talking about. I know they are a lot of other Malaysians who support other clubs as well.

Now the interesting thing is to see, that after fighting so hard to negotiate with the AFC, will the government back FAM when AFC brings legal actions against them?


1 Response to “Manchester Utd is not coming after all”

  1. 1 comment
    May 26, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    first of all i am not a fan of any football club, but i do enjoy the game. so in my opinion the FAM is totally to be blamed. why? because it is clear that they have made and agreement with AFC to not to have any matches that may collide with the Asian Cup. just a plain and basic issue here, FAM have broke the agreement between them and AFC. put aside the Man U, no one wants to talk about them, the only reason for their visits here is to make money, people will line up to buy expensive ticket, all the Man U merchandise sales will increase dramatically…it’s all about the money…

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