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Charity match postponed at Japanese request

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:00 pm

Munich, 8 April 2011: FC Bayern Munich postpones charity match in response to request from Japan

Following the catastrophic events in Japan two weeks ago, FC Bayern Munich spontaneously offered solidarity and support to the victims. FC Bayern proposed a charity match, featuring the best team available and with all travel expenses covered by the club, in order to demonstrate solidarity with Japan, and also raise substantial funds to aid victims of the disaster. The plan was to play in Osaka on a suitable date between 17 and 25 May 2011.

The club has now received a personal letter from Kikuo Kanamori, President of J-League club Gamba Osaka, thanking FC Bayern for their warm and generous offer. At the same time, he also asks for understanding that organising a charity match of this nature will not be possible in the current circumstances.

Reacting to the cancellation and request for postponement of the match, FC Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed regret, but also understanding of the current difficult situation in Japan. "We remain committed to our earlier promise: we want to support the rebuilding of organised footballing structures in the regions devastated by the earthquake and the tsunami, and to show our sympathy to the entire country with a charity match featuring our team."

As soon as public life returns to normality in Japan, FC Bayern will liaise with the Japanese Football Association (JFA) and J-League to determine a suitable date, so that a charity match between FC Bayern and the Japanese national team or a top J-League team can be staged with the maximum possible success.
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