Friday, May 11, 2007

AFC Criticised Man Utd's Asian Tour

Just when Manchester United has announced that they would be touring Asia in the month of July 2007, the Asian Football Confederation's ("AFC") President has criticised Manchester United 's plan and Sepp Blatter (FIFA's President) joined the bandwagon as well in hitting them.

Why the criticism? The AFC Asian Cup competition will be played in the month of July 2007 also and various matches will be hosted by Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. The AFC Asian Cup finals will be played in Jakarta, Indonesia on 29 July 2007. Co-incidentally, Manchester United was due to play a Malaysian IX selection on 27 July 2007. AFC has stated that Manchester United's tour is in conflict with AFC Asian Cup in July 2007 and will affect the mood in the competition. Moreover, AFC claimed that the Football Association of Malaysia has signed an agreement which states that no competitions will be promoted or organised during the month of July. That's sad.

In the first place, the finals will be played in Jakarta and Manchester United's match in Kuala Lumpur will be played 2 days before the finals' date. Do AFC mean to say that if Manchester United do not come to Malaysia, all the Malaysian football fans will fly over to Jakarta to watch the finals? How does a match in Malaysia affects the whole Asian Cup?

In actual fact (really hope that the AFC's President reads this), even if the finals is held in Kuala Lumpur on 29 July 2007, I won't watch the finals also. It's totally different class. Another nerd that has made comments without thinking how it could really affect the Asian Cup finals. And he can become the President???? Protests and criticisms, published widely in local newspapers, came in too from many football fans in response to AFC's comments.

Reading: AFC Slam Man United - The Stars
Reading: Man United chief 'sad' at AFC over Asian tour - ESPN Soccernet
Tags: Manchester United, AFC, Asian Football Confederation, Asian Tour, AFC Asian Cup, FIFA, Malaysia, Football, FAM, Football Association of Malaysia

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2 Comments:

Blogger thwen said...

I'm not much of a football fan, but not having Man U visiting/playing in Malaysia isn't such great news to football fans, especially those who love the club!

*sighs* Big waste... Big waste...

12 May, 2007 01:17  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

not Malaysia itself but due to an agreement with the Asian Football Confederation much earlier in which they didn't see MU having that Asian Tour yet. if M'sia don't get it, other Asian countries won't mind taking them in as it will really draw the crowds.

12 May, 2007 03:45  

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