Thursday, August 25, 2005

No guarantees ends Dubai four club tournament

The UAE football chief Yousuf Al Serkal admitted to The Khaleej Times that the international tournament scheduled to be held in Dubai in January featuring Barcelona and other leading European and Latin American clubs has been cancelled due to the lack of credibility of the organising company, Asia Sports Marketing.

Speaking to newsmen at the UAE Football Association offices in Dubai yesterday, Al Serkal said the FA had requested some bank guarantees and FIFA approvals, but the company failed to meet the deadlines. “Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are big names in the game and we did not want to spoil our relationship with them,” he said.