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SBD Global/February 7, 2014/Franchises

A-League Melbourne Victory Chair Anthony Di Pietro To Attend Liverpool-Arsenal Match

Melbourne Victory Chair Anthony Di Pietro is expected to be in Liverpool this weekend.
A-League side Melbourne Victory Chair Anthony Di Pietro "is expected to be in Liverpool" for the Reds' EPL match against Arsenal on Saturday -- but "selling Victory to the Merseyside giant is not on the agenda," according to THE AGE. Since the Melbourne Heart board's "stunning coup" in selling the club to Man City, speculation "has centred on how Victory might counter the City challenge." Victory "would like to become at least a semi-regular fixture on Liverpool's dance card" whenever it comes through the Southeast Asian region. Sources said that is what Di Pietro "is likely to explore in any talks that might take place" (THE AGE, 2/7). FOX SPORTS' Daniel Garb reported a Liverpool spokesperson said, "There is absolutely nothing in this whatsoever. I obviously can't speak for any future intentions the club might have but right now there is nothing in this at all." A formal business partnership of some sort down the track "is a possibility." Liverpool and Victory are "enjoying a strong relationship following on from their hugely successful tour down under in July that saw 95,000 fans turn out at the MCG for a friendly" (FOX SPORTS, 2/6).
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