Man Utd match in KL faces "legal repercussions"

Asian Football Confederation President Mohamed Bin Hammam has warned of "wide-ranging legal repercussions" if English Premnier League club Manchester United goes ahead with its proposed tour match in Malaysia during the Asian Cup in July. "The crux of the matter is about honouring an agreement," bin Hammam said in an open letter printed by the Malay Mail. "If there happens to be a breach of agreement, it has wide-ranging legal repercussions. We do not think it is too much to ask for the continent and people of Asia to be exposed to our tournament just for one month," he added. "It will be our pleasure if Malaysia were to host the United match in early August."

Malaysia, which will jointly host the Asian Cup with Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, signed an agreement last year not to promote any other matches 10 days before the July 7 to 29 Asian Cup tournament and three days afterwards, Aljazeera confirmed. "There is room for compromise," the AFC chief said. "We have sought an audience with the prime minister ... We owe it to him to explain our side of the story."