BEIJING - Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Hull City will contest the Premier League Asia Trophy in Beijing from July 29 to August 1, according to Chinese state media. The three English Premier League clubs will play Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan in the fourth version of the biennial tournament at the Worker's Stadium, the Xinhua news agency reported citing organisers. Hull, however, are still embroiled in the battle against relegation - to be concluded on Sunday - and a Premier League spokesman told Reuters by telephone late last week they were not yet ready to release details of the clubs or venue. Chelsea, who have developed strong links with China over the last few years, were reported to have been invited to take part but have decided to tour North America instead. Premier League champions Manchester United will play in China but will skip the main two cities of Beijing and Shanghai and round out their Asian tour with a match against Hangzhou in Zhejiang on July 26.
20 May 2009
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