Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Bayern Munich in Asia "for long-term"

Responding to recent criticism of rich European clubs exploiting developing football markets in Asia, Bayern Munich chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, argues that his club is not just looking to make a fast profit.

"I understand people who criticise big clubs who come just for financial reasons," Rummenigge told Reuters.

"That's not good for football ... coming here just to make cash and then going away. Things have burned out a bit."

Rummenigge added: "We're here for the long term. We have a partnership with [Japan's] Gamba Osaka and are talking with Urawa Reds about a future deal. It's positive for Bayern Munich and Japanese football."

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