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Man Utd scrap pre-season tour plans with first trip to India cancelled amid pandemic and other clubs to follow – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED have pulled the plug on a lucrative tour to India this summer as the coronavirus pandemic continues to bite.

Old Trafford chiefs have already admitted that due to the Covid-19 they will not go on tour over the next few months.

 Manchester United have cancelled their pre-season tour plans


Manchester United have cancelled their pre-season tour plansCredit: PA:Press Association

United had planned to play a match in India as football continues to grow in the sub-continent.

Pre-season tours have become big business for Premier League clubs with United heading to the Far East and Australia last summer.

United’s chief financial officer Cliff Baty revealed that this year’s tour had been cancelled.

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He said the main reason was the delay in completing the Premier League and Europa League campaigns.

United would also struggle to get to some countries with travel restrictions in place.

It is also not known when this season will end and when the next season will start, further hampering any chance of organising a lucrative tour.

Along with the Far East and North America, Australia has also become a popular destination for Premier League clubs in the past.

The likes of South Korea, China and Japan have become tour hotspots due to the popularity of the Prem.

But it is highly likely now that most clubs will cancel their tours with so much uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.
Old Trafford boss Ed Woodward has called this period the “most testing” in the club’s 142-year history.

United’s debt has risen by £127.4million to £429.1m, it was revealed this week.

Baty has estimated the club have lost £30m during the pandemic.

Baty, speaking to investors on United’s quarterly conference call, said: “Looking further ahead, given the revised timing for domestic and Uefa competitions, we will not be participating in our typical summer tour activities this year.”

“Retail revenues will be impacted due to the closure of our megastore. Broadcast revenues will be dependent on the timing of matches played in the fourth quarter.

“Matchday revenues will be significantly impacted by the closure of Old Trafford to fans.”

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