Chelsea to play in Malaysia July 21

AFP, Thursday 19 May 2011

English Premier League club Chelsea will play in Malaysia on July 21, the event organiser said Thursday

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English Premier League giants Chelsea set to play in Malaysia next July

The club will meet Malaysia XI at the 87,000-capacity Bukit Jalil Stadium in the capital Kuala Lumpur as part of its Asia Tour, John Merritt, the Singapore-based managing director for promoter ProEvents told AFP.

Liverpool, another Premier League club, has also said they will play in Malaysia in July, but no date has been announced yet, Merritt said.

"So far we have only announced this one team (Chelsea)," he said. "There will be more announcements over the coming weeks."

Ticket sales for the Chelsea match will begin Friday, with an online purchasing option up and running on May 30.

The team will also stage open training sessions at the stadium, according to its website. Chelsea will play in Bangkok on July 24 and Hong Kong on July 27 and 30.

While Chelsea have already played in Malaysia twice since 2003, organisers say it will be the first time Liverpool have visited the Southeast Asian country. Their Far East tour also includes China and South Korea.

Arsenal have said they will visit Southeast Asia as part of the Barclays Premier League Trophy Tour over the next two years, but pundits speculate they may be in Hong Kong as early as July.

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