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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Mon Jul 12 00:05:34 EDT 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. United handed new Cup hope
3. United stand by decision
4. Davids in United plea
5. Fortune seeks fame at Manchester United
6. Promoters drop fee threat over United tour
7. FIFA greed forces United's Brazil trip to pay-per-view


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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)


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 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


*   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

    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.


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: United handed new Cup hope Manchester United fans have been offered renewed hope that their side will compete in next season's FA Cup, following a plea from MP Chris Smith. Smith, who is the Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, said: "I very much hope that some way can be found for Manchester United to do both. "The Brazil match is important for Manchester United as a world class team and also of course for our 2006 chances. "But the FA Cup is important for fans up and down the country, not just Manchester United." United pulled out of the competition a fortnight ago in order to compete in FIFA's inaugural World Team Championships. However, that decision looks to have been made without the entire blessing of all concerned with the Treble winners. Boss, Sir Alex Ferguson has epitomised this and has admitted that he is still optimistic that a solution can be found. Ferguson said: "If someone comes up with a proper idea, I think the club will look at it." PFA chairman Gordon Taylor said: "It's a good sign. We are only in July so there is still time for adjustments to be made to the fixture list. It's right that we should be represented in the World Team Championship, but not at the expense of the FA Cup. We don't want to damage our domestic competitions, which are the envy of the world." Andy Walsh, of the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association, said: "I've always remained positive that a solution could be found. There was no need for an announcement to be rushed the way it was. That was down to Martin Edwards, the club chairman, and the FA. "Alex Ferguson has always said he wanted to play in the FA Cup. I find it disturbing that Edwards appears to have gone against the wishes of the manager and the supporters. "But it was pressure from the government and the FA that got us into this mess in the first place." However, in another twist to the saga, United spokesman Ken Ramsden has said: "There are no plans for us to return to the FA Cup "We are aware of the speculation surrounding this issue but there has certainly been no solution."
Subject: FA DENY CLAIMS ON UNITED CUP U-TURN Fergie opens door for FA Cup return Football Association chiefs on Sunday dismissed fresh claims that Manchester United will play in next season's FA Cup. The Observer newspaper reported that the decision 'follows a dramatic change of heart by the club and the Football Association'. The paper claims a new plan is set to be unveiled to let the Treble-winners compete in the Cup and still play in the World Club Championships in Brazil in January. But FA spokesman Adrian Bevington denied any U-turn, saying: "It's news to us at the FA where these unsubstantiated reports come from. We shall await any further information The Observer can provide to us on that." Bevington went on to restate the situation, adding: "We made our position fully clear following the announcement at Old Trafford...we've explored every avenue possible with Manchester United and ultimately that's why the decision was reached." PA Sporting Life
Subject: United stand by decision Manchester United have insisted they are standing by their decision not to defend the FA Cup. Recent reports have suggested United have reached a new deal with the Football Association, to pull out out of the Worthington Cup instead. The treble winners sparked controversy by withdrawing from next year's tournament in favour of competing in the inaugural Fifa World Club Championship in South America next January. But United spokesman Ken Ramsden said: "I have spoken with chairman Martin Edwards and, as far as we are concerned, there are no plans for us to return to the FA Cup competition. "I know the idea of us pulling out of the Worthington Cup has been put forward to give us the possibility of returning to the competition but, so far, no further discussions have been held with the FA. "Myself and other United officials are aware of the speculation surrounding this issue but there has certainly been no definite solution, nor any further progress." FA back United The claims were also dismissed by FA spokesman Adrian Bevington. Bevington said: "We made our position fully clear following the announcement at Old Trafford. "We've explored every avenue possible with Manchester United and ultimately that's why the decision was reached." And a Football League spokesman also insisted that United were committed to playing in the Worthington Cup. The reports surfaced after Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson said the club would reconsider their withdrawal if a practical plan was worked out. "To us, if someone comes up with a proper idea, I think the club will look at it," he said on Friday. Government intervention Sport Secretary Chris Smith has stepped into the row over Manchester United's decision to pull out of the competition. Mr Smith, the Culture, Media and Sport Secretary told Sky News: "Given the new circumstances, I very much hope that both the FA and Manchester United will consider that as a possibility." But the Football Association - which allowed United to withdraw to relieve fixture congestion - called the idea "unworkable".
Subject: Davids in United plea Manchester United's top target Edgar Davids has issued a "come and get me" plea to Alex Ferguson as his move to Old Trafford continues to stall. The United boss has spent much of the summer trying to negotiate a deal with Italian giants Juventus but, after looking likely a few days ago, the deal appears now to have reached stalemate over the fee. United were prepared to pay 10m for Davids, but Juventus reportedly upped their asking price to 20m - leaving the player in limbo. Davids knows he is not really wanted at the Turin club - they tried to offload him to Lazio in the attempts to bring in Christian Vieri - and the Dutch star is desperate to join up with his international colleague Jaap Stam at Old Trafford. Davids said: "I have loved Manchester United since I was a kid, but what they have done in the last eight years has made me respect them even more. Any player in Italy looks admiringly at the English Premier League, and United are really the team that makes that league so great. This is why I would love to play for a side like United. "I'm sure Alex Ferguson would be a good manager to work with."
Subject: Fortune seeks fame at Manchester United CAPE TOWN, July 11 - South African international midfielder Quinton Fortune is to have a week-long trial from July 27 with Manchester United. The 22-year-old, who played in all three of South Africa's matches at last year's World Cup finals, has been at Atletico Madrid for the last three years but failed to gain a regular first team place. His Cape Town-based club signed a co-operation agreement with United last month. Three of their teenagers are also going for trials at Old Trafford before the end of the year.
Subject: Promoters drop fee threat over United tour SYDNEY, July 12 - Promoters of Manchester United's two-match tour of Australia have dropped a threat to withhold half the team's A$4 million (US$2.7 million) fee over the absence of England international David Beckham and manager Alex Ferguson. Rivkin Entertainment said last week it was considering withholding the money, claiming their contract with United was based on Beckham and Ferguson being a part of the touring party for the forthcoming matches in Melbourne and Sydney. Ferguson said on Friday 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. Ferguson would also miss the trip to accept his Knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on July 21. But Rivkin Entertainment said in a statement on Sunday night that the availability of Beckham, who has been on his honeymoon, would depend on a fitness test. "Manchester United has told us they want to sort it out with Alex Ferguson and that they want Beckham to come," RE managing director Dominic Galati also told local media. Galati said they had been told Beckham was recovering from a hamstring injury. "They say if he's coming he'll only play in the second match or he'll be on the bench," Galati said. "They're trying to do the right thing, they don't want to let the fans down." The statement said Beckham's fitness would be assessed "as soon as practicable in Manchester". "Following our most recent discussions with Manchester United we are satisfied with the composition of the traveling party and the explanations provided for the missing personnel," it said.
Subject: FIFA greed forces United's Brazil trip to pay-per-view By Neil Wilson Monday, July 12, 1999 Manchester United's controversial involvement in FIFA's World Club Championship may be used as a test bed for the wider introduction of pay-per-view transmission of Premiership football in Britain. FIFA has put such a high price on television rights for a tournament which will kick off in the early hours of the morning across Europe that experienced rights sellers believe only pay-per-view can make a profit. ISL TV, the company selling rights to the World Cup Finals in 2002 and 2006, has decided not to bid and so has TEAM, the Swiss company which transformed the fortunes of UEFA's European Champions League. Other major players are also thought to have decided that FIFA has left no room for a profit in naming their price. 'Those I have spoken to among the sort of companies who would normally take this on have been frightened off by the cost,' said one senior executive with a television marketing company. Another executive described the guarantee FIFA is asking from any agency wishing to sell television rights as 'tens of millions of pounds'. Yet another calls it 'much, much too high.' Accusations that the tournament is a knee-jerk, off-the-cuff counter by FIFA to the growing financial muscle of Europe's governing body UEFA seem to be confirmed by the timing of the delivery of its tender document to agencies only six weeks ago. Normally, rights sellers demand at least one year to sell a new sporting concept. Described as a 'very slim piece of paper without much information', the tender document failed even to confirm the names of the participating clubs or the kick-off times, both details vital to putting a value on the contract. FIFA was also keen that its demands were not exposed to public scrutiny. The document was accompanied by an instruction to agencies not interested in tendering to destroy the document or return it to FIFA's director of marketing. FIFA is unwilling to take any of the risk of its new venture itself. It wants a huge, guaranteed payment, regardless of whether the tournament sells. Only after an agency has recovered that amount from its sales would it start to profit and even then it would have to share any surplus with FIFA. One agency in Britain thought to be prepared to enter a tender in the sealed bid auction is United Sports, a Southampton-based division of United News and Media, which owns the Anglia and Meridian ITV companies and Express Newspapers. It has started sounding out interest among UK television companies before pitching a bid to FIFA. The BBC says it is 'cautiously interested' but probably only in a highlights package. ONdigital says it is interested, 'possibly' in live coverage, but cannot confirm it until its new budget is decided in October. It tested the pay-per-view waters with the last Mike Tyson comeback fight but says it is committed in its first year of football to offering any game it acquires free to subscribers. But only pay-per-view sales are likely to recoup the money FIFA is demanding, and Manchester United's large fan base improves the chances of success. Sky's pay-per-view experiences with boxing suggest that between 300,000-600,000 subscribers are willing to stay up into the early hours and 100,000 doing that for United is probably a conservative estimate. Sky and the cable industry's pay-per-view channel The Front Row would both be contenders. So may Manchester United's own television channel MUTV, which is a third owned by Sky and desperate to offer some live games to its subscribers. Sometime this month the Office of Fair Trading will rule on the legality of Sky's contract for live Premiership matches. It could outlaw it even before the start of the new season, though it is more likely to demand a relaxation of Sky's exclusivity in any future contract. Whatever its decision, television expects pay-per-view screenings to be a significant part of how we watch our soccer in the early years of the next Millennium. Manchester United's much-criticised venture to Brazil next January may be the perfect opportunity to test whether we are ready for it.

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