Chengdu-linked Sheffield United cancels China tour

Newly promoted English Premier League club Sheffield United has called off its pre-season tour of China and will instead play in Scotland, Soccer Investor reported (9 June), because the World Cup has delayed the new season and the club wants to avoid fixture congestion. The Blades open their pre-season campaign on 13 July with a game away at Worksop Town and will then travel to Scotland although dates and opposition have yet to be finalised. The club finalised the acquisition of a majority stake in China League club Chengdu Wuniu, based in western China, six months ago.

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