Friday, July 17

United cancel Indonesia match

United will NOT now play in Indonesia after terrorists blew up a hotel - three days before they were due to stay there.

A suspected suicide bomb attack at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jakarta killed nine people and injured 50.

The squad were due to check in early on Sunday after flying from Malaysia, where they will play a national team tomorrow.

A planned match against an Indonesian Super League XI, due to take place on Sunday has been cancelled amidst concerns the United squad's safety cannot be guaranteed.

The 100,000-capacity crowd sold in minutes when the match was announced at the start of the year.

In a press conference yesterday, Sir Alex Ferguson said: "We are shocked.

"We are terribly disappointed because we've never been to Indonesia before.

"The organisers have worked very hard to get us over there and it is disappointing for them too.
"But we have to safeguard the players. I think we made the right decision."

United chief executive David Gill said the club was looking at organising a fixture in its place.

But at such short notice, and with the security concerns in mind, it is highly unlikely the reds will step foot inside Indonesia for the time being.

It is far more probably the players will remain in Malaysia and fly straight to Seoul in time for their next game on July 24.


onelovemufc said...

David "capable hands" gill.

Manchester United said...

think of all those fake shirts going unsold!