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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Mon Jul 05 09:43:23 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. To whom it may concern:
2. Ferguson criticises external pressure 
3. Banks blasts back in United Cup row 


Daily MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Mon 5th July 1999:

Barry Daily Comment:
The story rants on I must say both sides seem to have put their foot in it!
Guess we will have to live and bear it. No FA cup? Just A Micky cup instead!

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01-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Charity Shield, AWAY)
08-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Everton  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
11-AUG-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Sheffield W  (FA Premier League, HOME)
14-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leeds U  (FA Premier League, HOME)
22-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Premier League, AWAY)

August 3rd Omagh Town, St Julian's Road ground
August 4th Wigan Athletic

****Pre season tour details JULY 1999 ***

Melbourne  Sydney  
Thu 15/7 MAN. UNITED V SOCCEROOS evening in Melbourne 
    at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground- capacity 90,000.) kick off 20.00hrs.
- Melbourne Cricket Ground 5 minutes from the city. Good transport available
 Tickets available - starts from $60.00 - behind the goal -next up is $90.00,
   $130.00 and $150.00

    Homebush Bay, Sydney  NEW SOUTH WALES  15.00 local time 
     Tickets for Sydney game try here:
   then type MANCHESTER in the search field.

   + Far East

Wed 21/7 Shangai first time ever!!!
 This match will be watched by 80,000 fans 
  The game has sold out with the Shanghai Star reporting the home side's
  chairman Yu Zhifei as saying: ''It is unprecedented that the tickets
  should sell out for a match five weeks in advance." 

Sat 24/7 Hong Kong  Repeat of the 1997 game
 "ALL matches will be shown "the same day" om MUTV.

UNITED Stats v All teams:

Pos Team                  P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    38 14  4  1  45  18   8  9  2  35  19   43   79
 2  Arsenal              38 14  5  0  34   5   8  7  4  25  12   42   78
 3  Chelsea              38 12  6  1  29  13   8  9  2  28  17   27   75
 4  Leeds United         38 12  5  2  32   9   6  8  5  30  25   28   67

Here are the first matches in the coming season 1999/2000 fixture list:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899.htm
15 July Melbourne pre season Australia
18 July Sydney pre season Australia
21 July Shanghai pre season Shenhua
24 July Hong Kong pre season South China

1 Aug Wembley Ch Sh Arsenal
  4 Aug Friendly Wigan Athletic
8 Aug away  PL Everton
11 Aug home PL Sheffield Wednesday
14 Aug home PL Leeds United
21 Aug away PL Arsenal
25 Aug away PL Coventry City

27 Aug Monaco ESC Lazio UEFA Super Cup in Monaco
              at Stade Louis II, kick off 8.45pm.

30 Aug away PL Newcastle United 13.00 UK

Personal stories here: http://www.red11.org/mufc/barcelona.htm


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Subject: To whom it may concern: This is a letter I have just sent to The Rt. Hon. Tony Banks, Minister of Sport. Dear Sir The current situation regarding Manchester United's non-defence of the FA Cup - the world's oldest football trophy - has left the Treble Champions as the laughing stock of British football. Far from being rightly lauded for their amazing efforts last season, the club - especially the players and the supporters - is being punished. Forcing them to withdraw from the FA Cup was a callous and ill-conceived idea. Obviously there is a rift between UEFA and FIFA regarding the new World Club Cup, and the FA deems it necessary to send Manchester United over to Brazil to fly the flag for the World Cup bid for 2006. With fixture congestion a distinct possibility I would like to propose the following solution, which I think would enable the government, the FA, and Manchester United to save face. More importantly, it would restore the integrity of the FA Cup, and still bolster England's World Cup bid. Since the FA Cup 3rd round has already been brought forward to early December, Manchester United should be invited to participate. Should they be eliminated there is no problem. If they win their 3rd round tie I propose that they then be given a bye to the 5th round so that they could go to Brazil. This would leave 31 teams still in the 4th round. The draw would be made as usual, except that there would only be 15 matches played in the 4th round. The first 28 teams drawn out of the "bag" would line up in the 4th round as usual. The 29th team would be at home in the 4th round. The 30th team would play a single game against the 31st team to decide which team plays team 29 in round 4. This would increase the number of fixtures by one single match, and all 31 teams would have an equal chance of being asked to make this small sacrifice to bolster England's World Cup bid. There is still the possibility that Manchester United might face a fixture pile-up at the end of the season, of course. I suggest that if they were faced with the prospect of having to play more than two games in any seven day period from February to May that their season be extended to allow for this. Yours faithfully Steve Edge Manchester United supporter
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Subject: Ferguson criticises external pressure TONY BANKS, the Minister for Sport, has rejected claims by Sir Alex Ferguson that Manchester United were forced by the Government into competing in the world club championship. In a newspaper column, Ferguson said that United "have been under considerable pressure from the Government", which he believes is "on a crusade for the World Cup". Ferguson believes that had it not been for the World Cup 2006 bid, his side would have defended the FA Cup, but Banks is adamant that it was United's decision all along. "Exceptional circumstances have caused this situation to arise," Banks said, "but this is something Manchester United were happy to do and the idea that I personally have forced them to do it is a rather interesting story. I hope Mr Blair realises just how powerful I am in domestic and world football." Nicolas Anelka made it clear yesterday that he considered himself to be a Lazio player and would never return to Arsenal. Anelka, whose protracted move to the Italian club should be completed this week, said that the deal had stalled partly because of recent interest shown by Juventus and Parma. AS Roma, of Italy, want to buy Rio Ferdinand, West Ham United's £12 million-rated England defender. Franco Sensi, the Roma president, claimed yesterday the Serie A club may finalise a deal by Wednesday after being thwarted in their bid for Sol Campbell, of Tottenham Hotspur. John Gregory, the Aston Villa manager, has dismissed the prospect of making a fresh bid to sign Juninho, the Brazil midfield player, from Atlético Madrid. Villa made a move to recruit Juninho last season and the player even flew in to Birmingham for talks. Kevin McKeown, the goalkeeper, kept Newry's hopes of a place in the third round of the InterToto Cup alive with a string of saves that restricted MSV Duisburg to a 2-0 second-round, first-leg win in Germany. Rivaldo, of Brazil, was sent off for the second time in four internationals and Marcelo Salas, the Chile forward, was also dismissed for diving as their teams won their latest matches at the Copa America. Brazil beat Mexico 2-1 to qualify for the quarter-finals and Chile overcame Venezuela 3-0. Terry McDermott, the former Newcastle United assistant manager, is joining Celtic as "social manager". John Barnes, the Celtic head coach said: "His job will be to assist me on the training ground as a coach and social manager."
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Subject: Banks blasts back in United Cup row Russell Thomas Monday July 5, 1999 Tony Banks, the sports minister, yesterday insisted he had not forced Manchester United to drop out of next season's FA Cup and play in the world club championship in order to boost England's chances of hosting the 2006 World Cup. Banks was hitting back at claims by Alex Ferguson that United were railroaded by the government into giving up the defence of the Cup and entering the new club competiition in Brazil next January. Ultimately the decision, said Banks, was the Old Trafford club's and "this is something United were happy to do". He added: "The idea that I personally have forced them to do it is a rather interesting story. I hope Tony Blair realises just how powerful I am in domestic and world football." And the minister insisted the FA Cup was not devalued by the holders quitting it next season, suggesting that view was an "insult" to other teams in the Cup. Yet he pointed out that Fifa, the sport's global governing body, had effectively applied pressure on all parties involved in England. He claimed that if the treble winners had not accepted the offer and agreed to enter Fifa's inaugural world club championship, England's World Cup bid would "undoubtedly" have been threatened. "Three crucial people whom I know extraordinarily well in Fifa made it quite clear," he said, "and I had to take that message very seriously and I conveyed that message back to all the different parties." The latest argument over United's sacrifice of the FA Cup was prompted by Ferguson saying United "have been under considerable pressure from the government" who he believes "are on a crusade for the World Cup". United's manager is convinced that but for the World Cup - with a decision on the venue for 2006 in March, only two months after the Brazil event- his side would have gladly defended the FA Cup, and ultimately their treble. "It is easy for everyone to criticise Manchester United, but if you read the statement from sports minister Tony Banks it said 'Manchester United must go'. It expressed what they feel." Fifa has said United's participation in the new competition would not influence the 2006 issue. But the government felt that if United had declined, their Champions League victims Bayern Munich would have accepted, handing the initiative to Germany who, with South Africa, are England's top rivals. England's World Cup bid chief Alec McGivan said of the effect on the 2006 bid had United rejected the Brazil event: "For us to have not attended it and walked away from it would have gone down very badly." In Scotland, the league secretary Peter Donald has questioned the Rangers manager Dick Advocaat's suggestion that now that the League Cup offers no European place it should be scrapped. Advocaat thinks the League Cup, which his treble-winning side won last season, threatens their chances of qualifying for the Champions League group stage. But Donald cited recent changes which mean Rangers will not have to play until the third round, by which time the Champions' League will be almost halfway through.
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Subject: POSH SPICE AND BECKHAM TIE THE KNOT By PA News Reporters Spice Girl Victoria Adams and England soccer striker David Beckham tied the knot in the grounds of a Dublin castle this afternoon in the showbusiness wedding of the year. A single white dove was released at the culmination of the ceremony in Luttrellstown Castle. Just 29 close family and friends, including fellow Spice Girls Mel G, Mel C and Emma, witnessed the ceremony presided over by Bishop of Cork Paul Colton. Posh Spice - one of the architects of the girl power philosophy - stuck to her principles and did not pledge to ``obey'' the Manchester United player. After the ceremony the couple joined more than 230 guests - all asked to wear black or white - for the sumptuous wedding celebrations. Their baby son Brooklyn was also at the ceremony and will be with the couple throughout the evening. Details of the nuptials, a closely guarded secret to safeguard the £1m contract with OK! magazine finally emerged shortly before the ceremony at 4pm. David, 24, and Victoria, 25, although young parents, have observed tradition by staying apart in the last hours before their wedding. ``They haven't seen each other today,'' the spokeswoman said. "They had dinner in the castle last night together with their families. ``I believe they are very excited and a little bit nervous today.'' His best man was fellow Old Trafford team member Gary Neville, and Victoria's bridesmaid was her sister Louise, 22, assisted by Louise's daughter Liberty and David Beckham's niece Georgia, both 16 months. No description of the bride's fabulous gown was given, apart from the fact that it is designed by American Vera Weng. After the intimate marriage service, the couple retired to change into their party clothes, designed by Antonio Berardi. They attended his fashion show recently and have invited him to the wedding. Wedding guests were met with a glass of rose champagne from Laurent Perrier, the supplier to the Queen. An 18 piece orchestra was playing especially rehearsed numbers, including a Spice Girls medley. At 8pm, the 236 guests will sit down in one of the marquees erected in the grounds for a meal drawn up by chef Jason Reynolds, 28. They will start with red pepper soup, followed by breast of turkey or grilled Mediterranean vegetables for the vegetarians, followed by Beckham's favourite sweet of sticky toffee pudding. Summer berries turrine will be available for those watching their weight. A spokesman for the couple insisted that this was not a showbusiness wedding full of all Victoria's pop acquaintances. Apart from Manchester United stars, Sir Bobby Charlton and a few other football friends, the Spice Girls and Sir Elton John - who will play at the reception - there were no celebrity guests, he said. Fourteen months of planning have gone into the ceremony, overseen at every stage by the couple themselves. A total of 437 caterers, musicians, stylists and others were involved in pulling it together, not including the security staff, rumoured to number about 125. The massive marquee and the corridor from it to the castle to shield guests from prying eyes, was swathed in no less than 3,427 metres of fabric, including velvet, muslin, taffeta, voile and Irish linen for the tablecloth. Another local touch is the Guinness which will be offered to guests at the end of dinner. Sir Elton flew in especially between Italian concerts to play for the couple - his piano arrived earlier in the week. © PA Sporting Life
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Subject: SHERINGHAM ADMITS NOT EVEN END-OF-SEASON GLORY TOOK AWAY PAIN OF HIS OLD TRAFFORD MISERY By Ian Cruise TEDDY SHERINGHAM has confessed not even the adulation that was heaped on him at the end of last season could take away the heartache of months he spent in the wilderness. The Manchester United striker returned to the fold in the closing weeks of last season's historic Treble triumph and scored priceless goals in the both FA Cup and Champions League Finals. But even though it all ended in smiles of delight, he still feels the pain of long periods as a first-team outcast. Injuries severely hampered his cause but, even when he was fit, Sheringham was forced to sit and watch Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole take the plaudits as their partnership propelled United towards glory. Ultimately his goals transformed him into an Old Trafford hero, but those magic moments did not entirely make up for the months of misery. Sheringham admitted to Football365: "It doesn't erase those memories because I went through all of that, it's something I can't change. A footballer wants to be playing football, and if he's not, he's not happy. It's as simple as that. I still have memories of not being involved in the first 16 to face Wimbledon. I wasn't in the first 16 to face Arsenal in the first semi-final and that also hurts. When you're fully fit, flying, and ready to go in those big games and you're not involved, there is a great deal of disappointment. So no, it doesn't erase those memories, they are still in my head." However, the 33-year-old is realistic enough to know that, at a club like United, players will have to accept spells on the sidelines. "I think it's something people are going to have to get used to at the highest level," he added. "Manchester United are going to need an even bigger squad to compete next season. You can't afford to sit back no matter how successful you've been. Other clubs are going to be hungry for success and they are going to bring in players to achieve that. It's all about the size and quality of the squad these days." United's withdrawal from the FA Cup has denied the players the chance to defend their Treble but Sheringham admits that repeating last season's astonishing success would have been a tall order. He said: "I don't think you could even try to emulate last season's success. That would put one hell of a burden on the club. The Treble wasn't even talked about at the club until the last week of the season. Any talk came from outside because everyone inside Manchester United knew it was asking a hell of a lot to actually pull it off. We knew one little blip and it could have all been over. We could have even ended up with nothing - even with a week of the season to go and that would have been devastating. So you can't think about following that going into next season, you just have to start from scratch and hopefully things will go for you from there. "If you succumb to outside pressure, it makes the job even more difficult. Of course the critics will judge us on last season, but in turn, you have to be realistic. One of the great things about United is they don't interest themselves in other people's comments unless they are constructive and come from within the club."
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