7 months Security, heat and lawsuits — the story of European football clubs in Asia MB |Sports
  By Agence France-Presse Huge entourages, heavy security and demands for the sort of police protection normally reserved for heads of state — European football teams jetting across Asia leave nothing to chance, but sometimes run into problems anyway. The money-spinning pre-season tours are a far cry from 30 years ago when the likes of Manchester United would play friendlies against local sides, or at most hop over to Ireland. Many European clubs have a huge following in Asia.(AFP/File / HECTOR RETAMAL) United, now a global brand, sent staff to Shanghai several times ahead of last week’s friendly against Tottenham ... more