(The following press release from Manchester United was received by
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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
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
For more information visit http://www.ManUnited.com.cn
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