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Manchester United's Jakarta game cancelled

Manchester United on Friday cancelled the Indonesian leg of their pre-season tour to Asia after a bomb exploded at the Jakarta hotel where they were due to stay next week.

  • Agencies
  • Published: 10:46 July 17, 2009
  • Gulf News

Jakarta: Manchester United on Friday cancelled the Indonesian leg of their pre-season tour to Asia after a bomb exploded at the Jakarta hotel where they were due to stay next week.

At least 9 people were killed and several others injured following blasts this morning at the Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in the capital city, Jakarta, police said.

United players including Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen were scheduled to arrive in Jakarta tomorrow and were booked in at the Ritz Carlton, said Azwan Karim, media officer for the Indonesia Football Association.

The 18-time English champion is flying into Kuala Lumpur Friday from the UK for a match Saturday against a Malaysian XI before proceeding to Jakarta to take on an Indonesian All-Star team on July 20. United officials were unavailable for comment.

United's opponents were staying at the Marriott and missed the blast because players were training at the time. The team has moved to another hotel.

United is sending a squad with 20 internationals including England's Rooney and new signing Owen for its fifth trip to Asia. The team is also due to play in South Korea on July 24 and China two days later.

More than half United's 333 million fans are in Asia and about 12 million are based in Indonesia, according to club estimates.

Police are trying to determine whether bombs were the cause of Friday's blasts, one of which ripped the fagade off the Ritz Carlton.

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