Manchester United have been forced to shelve plans for pre-season tours, including the proposed friendly match against Kolkata football giants East Bengal FC, with European competitions set to re-start in August, as per a report in the Daily Mail.
United were in talks over a summer tour that was likely to include a first visit to India. A delegation had recently visited Kolkata to discuss the same. However, the report claims that under the latest circumstances club officials have said ‘it is impossible that will take place now’.
As the world gradually recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, sport has had to take a break. However, UEFA is hoping that the European tournaments can be resumed in August if national leagues can be completed by the end of July. That means United will be in action around that time in the Europa League. Thus, it will be impossible for them to travel to India and play a one-off friendly.
The cancellation of the lucrative tour will cost both United and East Bengal a lot of money in sponsorship, merchandising, ticket sales, broadcasting among other things. The report adds that there is no insurance in place because it was still at the planning stage with contracts yet to be signed.