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LONDON---Manchester United believes
Real Madrid is trying to deflect attention
from its own "clumsiness" by blaming the
English club for the collapse of David de
Gea s transfer.
De Gea failed to secure his desired move
to Madrid before Monday s transfer deadline
because the paperwork for the goalkeeper
was not submitted in time.
Madrid and United have spent the week
blaming each other for the debacle involving
two of world football s wealthiest clubs.
Madrid president Florentino Perez said
a lack of transfer experience by United exec-
utives was the reason the deal hadn t gone
through. Despite Madrid pursuing the goal-
keeper all summer, United said a bid was
only received in the final hours of the Span-
ish transfer window and that it submitted
the necessary documents on time.
"The facts speak for themselves. The FA
are prepared to back our case that docu-
ments were in on time," United said in a
statement yesterday. "Real seem intent to
move the focus away from their own clum-
siness this summer. "We all like to blame
others but if you let one slip through your
fingers into the back of the net, then ulti-
mately the culpability is yours."
United did not want to lose its player
of the year who has only one season
remaining on his Old Trafford contract.
The 24-year-old Spaniard was dropped
from United s first six games of the season
as the transfer saga dragged on but he is
now in line to return to the team after the
international break. De Gea is now unable
to move until the January transfer window
at least. (AP)
Man United says Madrid 'clumsiness'
at fault in De Gea spat
MUNICH---Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Mar-
tinez visited migrants at Munich train station
yesterday to offer his support and sporting direc-
tor Matthias Sammer made a call for others to
"Every little helps! Welcome refugees!" Martinez
said in a tweet that included a photo of himself
handing a Bayern football to a young child.
Munich police said "there s no end to the support
from Munich people for refugees at Munich main
train station" and they thanked Martinez for help-
Bayern announced Thursday it would set up a
training camp for youths, give them meals, German
lessons and soccer equipment, as well as donate
1 million euros ($1.1 million) to separate refugee
Sammer said he hoped people would continue
to offer their support for arriving migrants.
"When you see these people on TV or in photos,
how they ve nothing as they flee war and atrocities,
how they leave everything behind in the hope of
a better life, then we have to offer every refugee
in Germany our hand," Sammer told German daily
Sammer blasted a recent wave of far-right anti-
foreigner violence in towns like Heidenau and Fre-
ital near Dresden in eastern Germany as "repul-
"The attitude of refugee-opponents is shameful,"
Sammer said. "We all have to think very hard
about what we re doing. Have these people ever
thought how they would find it if it happened to
them and no one held out their hand?"
About 2,400 migrants arrived at Munich main
train station on Tuesday. Germany expects about
800,000 to arrive in the country this year, a four-
fold increase from last year.
Porto wants to make Champions
PORTO---Porto wants clubs in the group stage
of the lucrative Champions League to donate
money from ticket sales to help thousands of
migrants and refugees currently trying to enter
The Portuguese club sent a letter on Friday
to European soccer s governing body UEFA, pro-
posing each of the 32 clubs give 1 euro ($1.1)
per ticket sold for the first two match days.
Porto said it will donate 1 euro from its home
match against Chelsea on Sept. 29 in Group G,
even if its proposal is not accepted.
Football "can t close (its) eyes to the drama
of the migrants and refugees," Porto said in the
letter posted on its website.
St Pauli to play Dortmund with
motto 'Refugees Welcome'
HAMBURG---German second-division side St
Pauli has given its club friendly against Borus-
sia Dortmund on Tuesday the motto "Refugees
The Hamburg-based club says the game will
"set a sign and play its part in establishing a
welcoming culture for those who have fled to
Germany." Around 1,000 migrants in various
accommodations around Hamburg are to be
invited, as well as "many dedicated volunteers."
St Pauli is also inviting its fans and residents
living near the stadium "to meet these people
to get to know them and thus experience a cul-
ture of welcome."
The club says it is especially looking forward
to welcoming the children living in the reception
area of Hamburg s exhibition hall.
Some 21,000 tickets were sold by Friday for
the game. (AP)
Bayern midfielder Javi
Martinez supporting migrants
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