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18 Jul 2009 14:15:21

United agree to rematch

Manchester United have revealed they will play a second match against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. The terrorist attack in Jakarta on Friday forced United to postpone a planned trip to Indonesia and, although efforts were made to relocate that fixture, ultimately it has proved impossible. United ruled out a posible trip to Australia to play a game, but they reorganised another fixture against the opponents they defeated 3-2 on Saturday. United chief executive David Gill confirmed a request had been made by the Indonesian government for United to fulfil Monday's fixture despite the bomb blasts that killed eight people and left at least 50 injured but this was rejected. "The presidential office made a plea for us to go but, after discussions with the tour organisers and the Foreign Office, we decided it was not appropriate," said Gill. "We had to make a decision very quickly and it wasn't easy but we feel this was the right one. "We have a lot of talented footballers at Manchester United and we have to make sure they are safe, but that goes for everyone associated with the club. "These situations are not easy but I am sure people will understand and one day we hope to go back."


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