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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS Date: Sat Jul 10 03:22:48 EDT 1999 Mail: email@example.com This Issue: 1. FERGIE SAYS NO BECKHAM BUST-UP 2. Beckham to miss United's Australian tour 3. Edwards rumours boost Man Utd shares 4. Mafia' linked to United takeover 5. United approach Quinton Fortune? ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ Bill's Daily Comment: --------------------- Barry is off on Holidays so MasterFan Paul & I will be taking care of the Daily News. There are a lot of rumours about these days, and today is no exception. Hope you're having a fine off-season! *** Mark Bosnich's Personal Details http://www.red11.org/mufc/bosnich.htm *** Its the presentation of the European Cup at Nou Camp Video including sound 57secs 1.5 meg Real Video Use Real Player Plus G2 Free at www.real.com http://www.real.com/R/HPplay-1R/www.real.com/products/playerplus/index.html?src=990611home_5 *** Latest MUFC Squad song is now available in stereo at www.red11.org Stereo Sound: REAL AUDIO: 607k 4mins "stereo" http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/99/lift_it_high.rm MP3 4.6meg 4mins "stereo" http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/mp3/lift_it_high.mp3 *** MANCHESTER UNITED STATS v ALL teams on the Web http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats.htm --------------------------------------------------------------- NEXT MATCHES --------------------------------------------------------------- 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) --------------------------------------------------------------- UNITED Stats v All teams: http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/ --------------------------------------------------------------- *** FINAL PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 16/05/99 *** 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 all the matches for the coming season 1999/2000: ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899.htm First Team Fixtures 1999/2000 [All dates/times subject to change] (Dates of possible cup ties also shown) Date Opposition Score Pos. Attend. -------------------------------------------------------------------- 15/07/99 Melbourne Australia 11.00 pre-season - 18/07/99 Sydney Australia 06.00 pre-season - 21/07/99 Shanghai Shenhua 12.30 pre-season - 24/07/99 Hong Kong South China 08.30 pre-season - 1/08/99 Arsenal Wembley Charity Shield - 3/08/99 Omagh Town friendly in aid of Omagh Bomb Fund 4/08/99 Wigan Athletic friendly at JJB Stadium. 8/08/99 Everton away 16.00 11/08/99 Sheffield Wednesday home PL 20.00 14/08/99 Leeds United home PL 15.00 22/08/99 Arsenal away PL 16.00 25/08/99 Coventry City away PL 20.00 27/08/99 Monaco - Lazio ESC 19.45 30/08/99 Newcastle United home PL 13.00 11/09/99 Liverpool away PL 11.30 15/09/99 ? EC 18/09/99 Wimbledon home PL 15.00 22/09/99 ? EC 25/09/99 Southampton home PL 15.00 29/09/99 ? EC 3/10/99 Chelsea away PL 16.00 *11/10/99 Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Schmeichel] 13/10/99 ? WC 3 16/10/99 Watford home PL 15.00 20/10/99 ? EC 23/10/99 Tottenham Hotspur away PL 15.00 27/10/99 ? EC 30/10/99 Aston Villa home PL 15.00 3/11/99 ? EC 6/11/99 Leicester City home PL 15.00 20/11/99 Derby County away PL 15.00 24/11/99 ? EC 27/11/99 Sheffield Wednesday away PL 15.00 30/11/99 Tokyo Palmeiras WCC 20.00 1/12/99 ? WC 4 4/12/99 Everton home PL 15.00 8/12/99 ? EC 11/12/99 FAC 3 Will not enter ... 15/12/99 ? WC 5 18/12/99 West Ham United away PL 15.00 26/12/99 Bradford City home PL 15.00 28/12/99 Sunderland away PL 20.00 3/01/2000 Middlesborough home PL 20.00 ***** 5-14 /01/2000 Brazil WTC ***** [3-4 games] * 8/01/2000 FAC 4 Will not enter ... 12/01/2000 ? WC sf i 15/01/2000 Leeds United away PL 15.00 22/01/2000 Arsenal home PL 15.00 26/01/2000 ? WC sf ii * 29/01/2000 FAC 5 Will not enter ... 5/02/2000 Coventry City home PL 15.00 12/02/2000 Newcastle United away PL 15.00 * 19/02/2000 FAC 6 Will not enter ... 26/02/2000 Wimbledon away PL 15.00 27/02/2000 ? Wembley WC f 1/03/2000 ? EC 4/03/2000 Liverpool home PL 15.00 8/03/2000 ? EC 11/03/2000 Derby County home PL 15.00 15/03/2000 ? EC 18/03/2000 Leicester City away PL 15.00 22/03/2000 ? EC 25/03/2000 Bradford City away PL 15.00 1/04/2000 West Ham United home PL 15.00 5/04/2000 ? EC qf i 8/04/2000 Middlesborough away PL 15.00 * 9/04/2000 FAC sf Will not enter ... 15/04/2000 Sunderland home PL 15.00 19/04/2000 ? EC qf ii 22/04/2000 Southampton away PL 15.00 24/04/2000 Chelsea home PL 15.00 29/04/2000 West Ham United away PL 15.00 3/05/2000 ? EC sf i 6/05/2000 Tottenham Hotspur home PL 15.00 10/05/2000 ? EC sf ii 14/05/2000 Aston Villa away PL 15.00 * 20/05/2000 Wembley FAC f Will not enter ... 24/05/2000 ? EC f http://www.red11.org/mufc/match.htm ***************************************** * Pre season tour details JULY 1999 * ***************************************** ** Friendly at Salford City ** Salford City, the North Western Trains League club, are to play a friendly against a side from their "big brother" neighbours Manchester United, at their Moor Lane ground (in Kersal) on Saturday July 17th at 3pm. 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 Sun 18/7 MAN. UNITED V SOCCEROOS STADIUM AUSTRALIA, Olympic Boulevard, Homebush Bay, Sydney NEW SOUTH WALES 15.00 local time Tickets for Sydney game try here: http://www.ticketek.com.au/frame.asp?url=search/search.asp 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. ------------------------------------- THE FANTASTIC TRIPLE WAS WON!! Personal stories here: http://www.red11.org/mufc/barcelona.htm We went to Barcelona in a fine day in May And all our supporters sang loudly & gay And when it was over and all said and done We beat Bayern Munich by 2 goals to 1 The first one was Teddy's he out foxed the rest The second was Solskjear's he's simply the best We could have had 4 or we could have had 9 But we didn't start playing till injury time ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++
Subject: FERGIE SAYS NO BECKHAM BUST-UP Sir Alex Ferguson has denied claims David Beckham has been recalled from his honeymoon after Manchester United were threatened with legal action. Australian promoters Rivkin Entertainment have threatened to withdraw part of United's appearance fee if the England midfielder does not play. But United are currently negotiating with the promoters to resolve the situation. "That matter is being resolved as we speak," a United spokesman said. "I don't think there is an issue between us and the Australians which will not be resolved amicably and sensibly." United boss Ferguson says there is no truth in reports that Beckham has been brought back early so he can take part in the pre-season tour to Australia. "There has been no bust-up. David was always due back on July 12 and will report for training on Monday," Ferguson said. Weeks ago United announced that Beckham would miss the pre-season trip but this caused a stir down under with the organisers threatening to withdraw part of United's appearance fee if Beckham failed to show. There seemed little chance of Beckham joining the travelling party as he will spend the next fortnight catching up on his pre-season training programme. Sir Alex himself will miss the Australian trip, which coincides with his investiture at Buckingham Palace, but there is an outside chance of him flying to Hong Kong for the closing game against South China on July 24. But the promoters of the Australian tour claim they have a contract which stipulates Beckham is part of the squad. Rivkin Entertainment believes the threat to withdraw half the agreed fee will flush out Beckham and Ferguson. "I'm 80-90 per cent sure both will be here," said spokesman Bertie Mariani. "We've received verbal assurances and are seeking confirmation in the next confirmation in the next 24 hours."
Subject: Beckham to miss United's Australian tour By Jeremy Butler MANCHESTER, England, July 9 - England international David Beckham will miss Manchester United's two-match tour of Australia despite threats it would cost the club half their four million Australian dollars ($2.67 million) fee. United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed on Friday that Beckham would not be in the squad. Ferguson, who will also miss the trip to accept his Knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on July 21, said the club never intended to include Beckham on the Australian tour, although he could fly out to meet up with the squad for the China and Hong Kong leg of the trip. Beckham has been allowed to return late to pre-season training following his wedding to singer Victoria Adams of the Spice Girls. "David was told at the end of the season that he had to be back on July 12," Ferguson said, playing down British newspaper speculation that he and the player had fallen out over the issue. "I think obviously some attempt had been made by one of his or his bride's agents to get an extension to his time off but we couldn't do that because he needs to get fit for the new season. "I spoke to David last week and he understood. There is not a bust-up on my part. We considered all the players and when they should come back. David played his last game on June 5 and the 12th of July was the latest we could possibly have him back. "He's had 37 days off now which is almost six weeks and he needs to get fit. He was never going to Australia at the start and there are no plans for him to go. Whether he goes to the second leg in China and Hong Kong depends on his fitness." The news will leave the promoters of two matches between United and Australia's national team fuming as they said they have a agreement stating Beckham would play. "We've tried to be nice but we've been forced to get tough," said Dominic Galati, managing director of the promoters. "It's not the honeymoon anymore, it's a two million Australian dollar penalty instead. "They (United) are being paid more by us than they've ever received for an overseas tour and we feel they should honour the contract." ($1=1.498 Australian Dollar)
Subject: Edwards rumours boost Man Utd shares By Keith Weir LONDON, July 9 - Shares in European soccer champions Manchester United rose again on Friday as speculation grew that new investors could buy a large chunk of the shares held by Chief Executive Martin Edwards. The latest name linked with a stake was the Sultan of Brunei -- a move which would give one of the world's richest men a sizeable holding in the world's richest soccer club. Britain's Daily Mail said the Sultan had offered Edwards 220p per share for 28.5 million shares - representing over 10 percent of the club and costing him more than 60 million pounds ($93 million). However, industry sources played down the speculation, saying the rumour had been circulating for some time and had come to nothing so far. Other reports focused on a possible approach to Edwards, who owns around 14 percent of the club, from a wealthy Anglo-Irish group of racehorse owners including Ireland's JP McManus. Industry sources told Reuters on Thursday that Edwards had turned down one approach, believed to be from the racing consortium, but that other potential purchasers had emerged. United shares gained 3-1/2p to 214-1/2p on speculation that any new investors could use their stake as a base for a fresh takeover bid for the club. United agreed a billion dollar takeover by Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB
* pay TV group last September but the takeover was blocked by the British government three months ago. United fans mounted a noisy campaign against the takeover, many voicing anger at Edwards, who stood to make more than 80 million pounds from the deal. Edwards is believed to be prepared to listen to offers for up to 10 percent of the club but is throught to want to retain his position at the helm of the club. The Edwards family has run the club since the early 1960s, Edwards taking over control from his late father Louis in 1980. United, who achieved an unprecedented treble of Premier league, F.A. and European Cup titles last season, have a huge global following. The club has established partnerships with retailers in Southeast Asia and the Middle East as it seeks to cash in on the value of its brand.
Subject: 'Mafia' linked to United takeover Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards is considering offers to sell part of his share in the club, according to reports. Reports claim that racing expert JP McManus has been rebuffed in his initial attempt to purchase part of Edwards' shareholding at Old Trafford. But it has also been suggested that McManus and his associates - the "Coolmore Mafia" - are set for further negotiations to buy part of United. The other members of the group are Dermot Desmond, John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Joe Lewis. Magnier refused to comment on the talk that he was part of a group intent on buying into the club, but Tabor said: "It's like any business proposition - one would have to take a close look at it." United also declined to comment on the speculation, but sources claim Edwards could be on the verge of accepting an offer to buy part of his shareholding - while retaining his power base and place on the board.
Subject: United approach Quinton Fortune? MADRID, July 9 - Manchester United have made an approach to Atletico Madrid B's South African midfielder Quinton Fortune, the Spanish club revealed on Friday. Fortune, who has been with the Atletico second team for the past four years, had been on the brink of signing for first division Valladolid. The chance of a move to United, who would insist on a trial period at old Trafford before a full transfer, could see that scuppered, however. Atletico managing director Miguel Angel Gil said: "Fortune has an offer from Manchester United and that could mean his proposed transfer to Valldolid doesn't go through. "Valladolid did have an agreement with us but the final decision will be with the player."
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