MANCHESTER UTD. TO PLAY PRESEASON GAME IN HONG KONG ON JULY 29
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4th February 2013
Manchester United to Play Pre-Season Game in Hong Kong
. Manchester United 2013 Tour, presented by Aon
(NYSE:MANU) English Premiership leaders, Manchester United have today announced it will play a pre-season game against Kitchee FC in Hong Kong, as part of its 2013 Tour, presented by Aon.
Much to the delight of its 108 million Chinese fans, Manchester United's first team will return to Hong Kong to play on the 29th July at the Hong Kong Stadium. This will be the first time the team have played in Hong Kong since 2005.
Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill said:
'The Club has tremendous support throughout China and especially in Hong Kong. We have visited on a number of occasions and after an eight year gap it's a pleasure for the team to be able to return to Hong Kong again this year. We are looking forward to engaging with our loyal fans, our commercial partners and most importantly preparing for the season ahead.'
Mr Ken K. Ng, Chairman, Kitchee Foundation comments:
'Kitchee welcomes Manchester United to return to Hong Kong after an absence of 8 years. This is indeed a mega event for Hong Kong because Manchester United is undoubtedly the best-supported football club here and their local fan base is legendary. The match between Kitchee and Manchester United will also be the thrilling conclusion of a week of English Premier League football in Hong Kong this summer. We are looking forward to bringing to the Hong Kong public one of the most exciting international exhibition matches ever. On behalf of the Kitchee Foundation, I sincerely express our thanks to the Mega Event Fund for their contribution to make this event possible.'
Mr Vincent Fung, Assistant Commissioner for Tourism and Secretary to the Mega Events Fund, the Hong Kong SAR Government said:
'The Tourism Commission and the Mega Events Fund are pleased to be involved in bringing Manchester United to Hong Kong. We are confident that this mega event will bring thousands of visitors to Hong Kong and reinforce our reputation as Asia's World City. We look forward to receiving the full squad of Manchester United stars visit Hong Kong and enjoy our hospitality at the final leg of their Asian tour.'
Aon is delighted to be the Presenting Partner of Manchester United's 2013 Tour, offering its expertise in risk management, insurance, reinsurance brokerage and human resources solutions.
Greg Case, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aon said:
'Being chosen by Manchester United as the 'Presenting Partner' for its 2013 tour is further demonstration of the strength of our relationship. This is a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate how our global partnership provides value for our clients, colleagues and communities, and it will show our clients and prospects, particularly in Asia, how the issues we help them with, such as risk management or health care, are equally relevant and important in the world of business and the world of sport.'
Tickets for this exciting match between Kitchee FC and Manchester United will be on sale from 20th February at http://www.cityline.com