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Date: Sat Feb 27 09:29:46 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. Manchester United should be too strong for Southampton
3. Simeone: Lay off Beckham
5. United experience important for my future, says Vogts
6. Re: Merger Shmerger


Daily RED Trivia  Saturday 27th February 1999:

27/2/1943: Jimmy Nicholson born in Belfast. Nicholson made his debut aged 17 at Everton
 in August 1960, and the talented Wing-half made 68 appearances between 1960-64,
 scoring 6 goals. He was capped 41 times by Northern Ireland, and won a Second
 Division Championship medal with Huddersfield Town in 1970, who he joined
 in December 1964..

1993: In the Premiership United beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at Old Trafford watched 
 by 36,251. Ryan Giggs, Denis Irwin and Eric Cantona are the scorers. Team was:
 Schmeichel, Parker, Irwin, Bruce, Sharpe, Pallister, Cantona, Ince, McClair, Hughes, Giggs.


Barry Daily Comment:

Just announced  - the game against Leeds at Elland Rd scheduled for
the 24th April has been put back 24 hours to the 25th April and will now
kick off at 11.30am!  Don't blame Sky this time, this is at the request of
the police.  They seem to think that if the pubs aren't open, there won't
be any trouble!
United in Champions League fear

Saturday, February 27, 1999 

A group of Manchester United shareholders fear the club's chances of playing in the Champions
 League could be threatened by a possible merger between BSkyB and Canal+. Shareholders United
 Against Murdoch say that if BSkyB are allowed to take over the club and then merge with French
 TV company Canal+, United could fall foul of UEFA rules. 

Canal+ already own Paris St Germain and according to UEFA rules no owner is allowed to enter
 more than one side in any European competition. 

The Monopolies and Mergers Commission are investigating the proposed takeover of United by BSky
 and SUAM have written to the Government watchdog expressing their fears. 

The MMC is due to deliver its report on the takeover by March 12 but said it would consider
 SUAM's comments. 
Previous News:
 Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

Today! Southampton  (H) 15.00

3  Inter Milan  (H) ECLl "Quarter Final" 1st leg 19.45
7  Chelsea      (H) 14.00 FAC6 *SKY SPORTS* LIVE* + DkTV1 Scand. 
10 Liverpool    (A) 19.45 PL (moved due to FAC)
13 Newcastle    (A) 15.00 PL
17 Inter Milan  (A) ECL "Quarter Final" 2nd leg 19.45
21 Everton      (H) 15.00 PL

UNITED Stats v All teams:


           Wimbledon   0-0   Aston Villa           15,582


Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    27  15   9   3  61  28   33   54
 2  Chelsea              26  13  11   2  39  21   18   50
 3  Arsenal              26  13  10   3  34  12   22   49
 4  Aston Villa          26  12   8   6  37  27   10   44
 5  Leeds United         26  11   9   6  39  25   14   42
 6  Liverpool            26  11   6   9  49  32   17   39
 7  Derby County         26   9  10   7  25  24    1   37
 8  West Ham United      26  10   7   9  29  38   -9   37
 9  Wimbledon            25   9   9   7  29  35   -6   36
10  Newcastle United     26   9   7  10  34  35   -1   34
11  Middlesbrough        26   7  12   7  33  36   -3   33
12  Sheffield Wednesday  25   9   5  11  31  24    7   32
13  Tottenham Hotspur    25   7  11   7  29  31   -2   32
14  Leicester City       25   7   9   9  25  34   -9   30
15  Everton              26   6   9  11  19  28   -9   27
16  Charlton Athletic    26   6   8  12  31  37   -6   26
17  Blackburn Rovers     26   6   8  12  27  36   -9   26
18  Coventry City        26   6   6  14  24  37  -13   24
19  Southampton          25   6   5  14  25  48  -23   23
20  Nottingham Forest    26   3   7  16  22  54  -32   16

*** FIXTURES ON 27/02/99 ***
         Aston Villa  v  Coventry City
   Charlton Athletic  v  Nottingham Forest
             Chelsea  v  Liverpool
             Everton  v  Wimbledon
   Manchester United  v  Southampton
 Sheffield Wednesday  v  Middlesbrough
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  Derby County
     West Ham United  v  Blackburn Rovers

*** FIXTURES ON 28/02/99 ***
    Newcastle United  v  Arsenal


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal                  Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181
03/10/98    Southampton              Away     W  3-0     2    15,251
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475
29/11/98    Leeds United             Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159
19/12/98    Middlesbrough            Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Nottingham Forest        Home     W  3-0     3    55,216
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741
10/01/99    West Ham United          Home     W  4-1     3    55,180
16/01/99    Leicester City           Away     W  6-2     2    22,091
31/01/99    Charlton Athletic        Away     W  1-0     1    20,043
03/02/99    Derby County             Home     W  1-0     1    55,174
06/02/99    Nottingham Forest        Away     W  8-1     1    30,025
17/02/99    Arsenal                  Home     D  1-1     1    55,171
20/02/99    Coventry City            Away     W  1-0     1    22,596

Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


 Manchester Utd    v   Inter Milan
 Real Madrid       v   Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus          v   Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich     v   Kaiserslautern

 Ties to be played on March 3 and 17

FAC Quarter Finals Draw ties to be
played the weekend of Saturday, March 6:

Newcastle United  v Everton  
Barnsley v Spurs  
Arsenal  v Derby  
Manchester United v Chelsea (Sunday 7/3 1400 hrs UK)


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Subject: Today's Preview MANCHESTER UNITED v SOUTHAMPTON Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has to decide whether to risk Jaap Stam from the start against struggling Southampton. Stam has been having treatment on a hamstring injury all week and may start on the bench as Ferguson eyes next Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg clash with Inter Milan. United have no fresh injury worries to contend with leaving Ferguson with plenty of options against the Saints. Team (from): Schmeichel, G Neville, Johnsen, Berg, Stam, Irwin, P Neville, Beckham, Keane, Butt, Scholes, Blomqvist, Giggs, Cole, Yorke, Solskjaer, Brown, van der Gouw. The United View "This really is the start of a very busy period for us. It's a big series of games, a real test of stamina and resolve. If we come through the Southampton match without any injuries then we'll be in a perfect situation. I pray to the Lord we come through without any problems. If we do we'll be in line to go for this surge of games. Last year we didn't get that bit of luck with our injuries around this time of year and we all know what the consequences were. Maybe we're going to get a wee break this year after all." - Alex Ferguson Saints Team News Matt Le Tissier is poised to return following injury. Le Tissier has mis3sed the last four weeks with a torn hamstring but made a successful comeback for the reserves in midweek, playing the full 90 minutes against Torquay. The Channel Islander is likely to replace Moroccan international Hassan Kachloul, who is away on international duty. Mark Hughes misses the game against his old club because he completes a two-match ban. James Beattie is optimistic that he will be fit despite a nagging groin injury, while Stuart Ripley is battling to recover from a calf problem which forced him to be substituted at half-time in last weekend's 2-1 win against Newcastle. Francis Benali and Scott Marshall are both back in contention for a place following injury. Benali is fit after nine weeks out a broken arm while Marshall has recovered from a long-term back problem. Team (from): Jones, Dodd, Monkou, Lundekvam, Colleter, Le Tissier, Marsden, Oakley, Bridge, Ostenstad, Beattie, Benali, Hiley, Marshall, D Hughes, Howells, Bradley, Monk, Moss. The Saints View ''Going to Old Trafford is an awesome test - but it's one we're all looking forward to. It's the biggest game you can have in the Premiership at the moment but we've tightened things up at the back recently and I'm sure we can do a job against United. You can't dread going to places like Old Trafford. They are the games you want to play in and Manchester United are the kind of team you want to be up against. Playing them is one of the reasons why it's so important we stay in the Premiership. We're going to have to be at the very top of our game and make sure that we take any chances that come our way.'' - Paul Jones THE STATS Last season: Man Utd 1 Southampton 0, Southampton 1 Man Utd 0; Last five league matches: Man Utd W W W D W, Southampton W L W L W; Top scorers: Dwight Yorke (Man Utd) 21; Match odds: H 2-7 A 8-1 D 7-2; Ref: P Jones (Loughborough)
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Subject: Manchester United should be too strong for Southampton Manchester United should be too strong for Southampton By Mike Collett LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Manchester United should end the jinx Southampton appear to hold over them and pick up three more points in their push for the English premier league title on Saturday. United, who have won 10 of the 11 league and cup matches they have played this year, have lost games against second-from-bottom Southampton they were fully expected to win in the past few seasons. But it is difficult to see anything other than a United home win on Saturday. Southampton have won just once in their last 25 league visits to Old Trafford. United boss Alex Ferguson may rest some of his key players before next Wednesday's European Champions' League quarter-final first leg against Inter Milan. Southampton, who are involved in their usual battle against relegation, have improved in recent weeks, winning four of their last five home matches. But they were outclassed 3-0 by United at The Dell in October and it would be a major upset if they won on Saturday. United, 1-0 winners at Coventry last week thanks to a goal from in-form Ryan Giggs, have played 27 matches and lead the standings by four points from Chelsea (50 points) and by five from Arsenal.
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Subject: Simeone: Lay off Beckham By Ken Lawrence Friday, February 26, 1999 Diego Simeone last night called for an end to the public barracking of David Beckham after his World Cup red card. The Argentina midfielder, who was on the receiving end of the kick that got Beckham sent off, said: 'I know what has been happening to Beckham and it is wrong. 'The English supporters should leave him alone because he is a good man and a fine player.' The pair come face to face again on Wednesday when Inter Milan visit Manchester United in the first leg of a Champions League clash - the players' first meeting since that evening in St Etienne when Simeone crashed into his opponent and the Englishman was sent off for raising a foot in retaliation. Glenn Hoddle's team eventually went out to Argentina on penalties and since then Beckham has been hounded by supporters who accused him of costing England their chance of glory. But Simeone believes the United player has suffered enough and now expects to face an evening of derision from United fans over the incident that suddenly made Beckham public enemy No.1 across England. Simeone has told Inter colleagues he intends to seek out Beckham before the Old Trafford game to offer him his sympathy. The Argentinian, who vows he will not move on from Inter until he has helped the trouble-hit club to Champions League success, said: 'The English public should know that I have a great respect for David Beckham. 'What happened in St Etienne was unfortunate for him but he should not be blamed for causing his country to go out of the tournament. 'He reacted in the way he did because he was trying to be a winner. And, make no mistake, this is one player whom I truly respect. He has much talent and will obviously be a danger to us in the coming games. On my part there are no problems between us.' While Beckham was shown the red card, Simeone received only a yellow, though his lunge on the Englishman was deemed far worse by most observers than the back-flick that brought not only shame on the Englishman but subsequent abuse from non-United supporters who had already made him a target because of his romance with Spice Girl Victoria Adams. Simeone admits his colleagues are worried about surviving against United. 'Both games are going to be very difficult for us,' Simeone said. 'United are very strong and very competent. It is not only Beckham who is good in that team. I respect all their players. 'It is easy to respect a team with their kind of style. So it is going to be a fantastic match, the kind of game which will provide a huge test for us and has excited all of our players.' France striker Youri Djorkaeff also accepts that the barrier presented by United will be a huge one. As he prepared to face Juventus in tomorrow night's Serie A game, he said: 'Helping France win the World Cup last year was a fantastic highlight. 'Now I want to carry on with the Champions League but United have some tremendous players and it is going to be very hard for us.' Inter's cause has not been helped by a series of disruptions involving strikers Ronaldo, Nicola Ventola and defender Taribo West, with recentlyappointed Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu trying desperately to generate unity within his squad.
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Subject: FANS 'WINNING TAKEOVER WAR' AS NEW MURDOCH MERGER PUTS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLACE IN JEOPARDY MANCHESTER UNITED fans are beginning to scent victory in their battle to stop Rupert Murdoch taking control of Old Trafford. Protest groups believe that a Uefa ruling which would threaten the club's participation in future Champions Leagues may be the crucial factor which tips the scales against BSkyB's £623.4m bid for Britain's biggest club. 'Shareholders United Against Murdoch' have raised the spectre of the Northern giants being denied access to the top European competition should Murdoch's rumoured merger plans with French TV station Canal Plus come to fruition. The Paris-based company owns local side St Germain - and Uefa regulations state that no one owner is allowed to enter more than one club in any European competition. Although United's huge popularity throughout the world would naturally make them Murdoch's ideal standard-bearers, it would be impossible to justify their inclusion in a Champions League if they qualified only as Premiership runners-up or in third place while PSG won the French league. The Monopolies and Mergers Commission is expected to issue its long-awaited verdict on the BSkyB bid for United within the next fortnight, and though the MMC says any possible Canal Plus deal does not come under its remit, anti-Murdoch protestors are convinced the new scare will have some effect. Andy Mitten, editor of fanzine United We Stand, told Football365: "It's a frightening prospect but obviously it adds more weight to our stance. I sense that the mood is changing now, swinging against the takeover, and that gives us heart in the last couple of weeks before the announcement. During the last six or seven weeks the tide appears to have turned, and while we can't be sure, I'd say that the takeover is by no means set in stone now. There's a real sense that we might win." SUAM spokesman Michael Crick spelled out the potential nightmare for United if both Murdoch's deals went through, saying: "One can easily see a terrible situation where it's a choice between Manchester United and Paris St Germain - and one shouldn't assume that just because Manchester United are the bigger club that Paris St Germain will be forced to give up their place. What would French supporters think of that? "And what if Paris St Germain are the French champions and Manchester United only qualify for the Champions' League as runners-up or by coming third in the Premiership? It would be a nightmare to sort out, especially when competing in Europe means so much to Manchester United."
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Subject: United experience important for my future, says Vogts By Adrian Warner LONDON, Feb 25 - Former Germany coach Berti Vogts said on Thursday that being a guest of Manchester United and watching them work for a week had been a fascinating experience which would be very important for his future. Vogts, who stepped down as Germany coach last September but has received offers for many other jobs, took up an invitation from United manager Alex Ferguson to study England's European Cup quarter-finals at close quarters this week. "It has been very interesting to see how the whole thing works. It is very important for my future. I have learned a lot, Vogts said in an telephone interview from Manchester. "Alex Ferguson is a great manager and United are a great club and I am sure they will win the English title again this season. "They have a world-class set-up and their Youth Academy operation is something very special. "This invitation comes from back in 1996. It is good to broaden my horizons. It has been interesting to see the whole programme here, especially in terms of tactics." Vogts, who was part of the Germans' 1974 World Cup-winning team and coached Germany to their Euro 96 triumph in England, has already said he might accept a coaching job abroad and is presently working on improving his English. The former defender, nicknamed "The Terrier" in his playing days because of the way he used to snap at opponents' heels, stepped down from the German job amid intense media pressure following Germany's disappointing World Cup last year. Vogts went through tough periods in the Germany job. But, known to be a footballing perfectionist who works hard on developing tactics and observing opponents, he is keen to return to coaching and already has offers on the table. He gave nothing away about his future plans but his family will play a key role in any decisions about any job. "I have to wait and see on my future," said Vogts who is set to join the board of directors at struggling Borussia Moenchengladbach next week, his former club. "Things have to be right...I had eight years when I worked very hard. It is good to have time to broaden my horizons." Vogts described himself as a "child of the Bundesliga" but he is known to love travelling abroad. He is ready to consider offers from clubs or national teams.
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Subject: Re: Merger Shmerger No doubt it will be denied by Sky once they realise it's rattled a few cages. Anyway more details: Manchester United's chances of playing in the Champions' League could be threatened by a possible merger between BSkyB and Canal Plus. Shareholders United Against Murdoch (SUAM) claim if BSkyB are allowed to take over the club and then merge with French broadcasting company Canal Plus, United could fall foul of UEFA rules. Canal Plus already own Paris St Germain, which means the new media company would have two clubs, and according to UEFA statutes no owner is allowed to enter more than one side in any European competition. SUAM claim this adds gravitas to the arguments opposing BSkyB's £623.4million take-over of United. The Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) are investigating the proposed deal, and SUAM have written to the government watchdog expressing these fears. SUAM organiser Michael Crick said: "One can easily see a terrible situation where it's a choice between Manchester United and Paris St Germain - and one shouldn't assume that just because Manchester United are the bigger club that Paris St Germain will be forced to give up their place. "In any case what would French supporters think of that? And what if Paris St Germain are the French champions and Manchester United only qualify for the Champions' League as runners-up or by coming third in the Premiership? "It would be a nightmare to sort out, especially when competing in Europe means so much to Manchester United. "But it just shows the kind of problems that will arise if the authorities allow BSkyB to take over Manchester United." Duncan Drasdo ------------------------ Independent Manchester United Supporters Association www.imusa.org IMUSA discussion mailing list: To subscribe, send a blank message to imusa-subscribe@egroups.com Virtual Manchester -www.manchester.com - sign the email petition http://www.manchester.com/guest/guestadd.html Try this if you need a laugh: http://www.urban75.com/Punch/murdoch.html
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