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Wednesday, 29 December, 1999, 15:20 GMT
Man Utd to get police guard

Manchester United: Hoping to confirm their "best in world" status


Manchester United and the other seven clubs competing in next month's World Club Championship will receive round-the-clock military police protection.


Sao Paulo: Sao Paulo: Murder rate 30 times London's
The move follows fears for the safety of some of the best known players in the world from clubs like the English Premiership champions, Real Madrid of Spain and Vasco da Gama of Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro, where Manchester United will be based, has a murder rate approximately 30 times higher than London and supporters are also being warned of the dangers.

And a minimum of 300 officers will police every game.

Police chief Marinho, vice-commander of the Second Choque Battalion, said: "We will take care of the security with policing in hotels, at training and at matches."

The championship is the first major football tournament of the millennium and the organisers are keen to promote it as a global advert for the game
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