Indonesian Government Plea For Man United to Stay, They Tuck Tail and Run

Perm VacationCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2009

ROME - MAY 27:  Sir Alex Ferguson manager of Manchester United looks dejected after Barcelona won the UEFA Champions League Final match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy. Barcelona won 2-0.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Indonesian people will not get the chance to enjoy watching Manchester United as United have decided to cut short they stay in Jakarta.

Jakarta and more importantly Indonesia is known for its troubles with terrorists and bombings so why plan pre-season trips there anyway?

It is obvious United are soiling themselves after two hotels were attacked, one being the hotel they were due to stay at.

Yes it was actually attacked before they arrived so it is not like they were being targeted.

The bombings were reported to have taken nine lives in the Indonesian City.

United reports that after consultations with relevant authorities they have decided to cancel their scheduled trip to Jakarta.

However Indonesian presidential spokesman, Dino Patti Djalal urged United to press ahead with the visit. Djalal told the Jakarta Post, "There is no more powerful message to the world than to continue with the Jakarta match as planned."

United however have confirmed the decision stands and issued the following statement on Saturday:

"The decision to cancel the Jakarta leg of the tour was not taken lightly, but after an act of terrorism. The club received advice from a variety of sources, including our own Foreign Office. That advice has not changed and so the club's decision has to stand.

"Everyone at the club is disappointed not to be able to play in Indonesia, but it has a responsibility to its players and staff."

I have checked the Home Office and with the British Embassy and there are no warnings to adhere to concerning Indonesia other than the usual advice.

I personally think it shows ignorance and incompetence on United's behalf and as a result the Indonesian people lose out.

Where exactly is the security force employed by the club if they are to enter such a country? Why on earth is a club taking such risks in the first place?

Is it just another publicity stunt, putting themselves in the line of dormant fire, seems to me like they are playing with fire.

Should United have done a better job of security?

Should they have not of chosen a place like Indonesia in the first place?

Will you look at this as United being brave and honourable taking such risk?

Should they have stayed and completed the tour or were they right to up and leave?

Are United in a right mess behind the scenes and has the boat been rocked a little too much?


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