Manchester United call off Indonesia trip after Jakarta hotel bomb blasts
17 July 2009 08:22
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Manchester United today called off the Indonesian leg of their Far East tour following two bomb blasts at tourist hotels in Jakarta.
United arrived in Kuala Lumpur this morning to news of the explosions in the Indonesian capital, one of which took place at the Ritz-Carlton, the hotel the Red Devils were due to be staying at for four nights after arriving tomorrow.
After seeking advice from various parties, including the Foreign Office, United confirmed they would not be flying to Jakarta tomorrow.
A club statement said: 'Following the explosions in Jakarta - one of which was at the hotel the team were due to stay in - and based on advice received, the directors have informed the Indonesian FA that the club cannot fulfil the fixture in Jakarta on the 2009 Asia tour."
United were to play an Indonesia Super League XI on July 20.
The match had been a 100,000 sell-out. The club must now decide how to reorganise the tour.
'We are working on a revised itinerary outside Indonesia with the promoters and we will make a further announcement when these decisions have been made,' continued the statement.
We are deeply disappointed at not being able to visit Indonesia and thank the Indonesian FA and our fans for their support.
'Our thoughts go to all those affected by the blasts.'
Unless another game can be arranged to replace the match in Jakarta, which was due to take place on Monday evening, United would appear to be left with two alternatives.
They could remain in Kuala Lumpur until Wednesday, when they are due to fly into Seoul for a game on Friday. Or they could leave Malaysia on Sunday and go straight to South Korea.
A decision will have to be made quickly, although it is unlikely Monday's match will be re-organised at this late stage.