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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 May, 2003, 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK
Man Utd set for Goodison party
Ferguson is set to party
Manchester United will be presented with the Premiership championship trophy after the game at Everton on Sunday.

United's title party will get underway after the match at Goodison Park after a ruling by Premier League bosses.

Several alternatives were discussed, including holding a celebration at Old Trafford, but these were ruled out.

The trophy will be presented only after Everton have completed their lap of honour and left the pitch.

An Everton spokesman said: "We have now reached an amicable agreement with the Premier League.

"Manchester United will now receive their trophy on the pitch after Everton's players have taken their lap of honour.

"That will be between 25 and 30 minutes after the final whistle.

"It had never been our intention to stop the presentation, and this offer now accepted has always been on the table."

They claimed it would not only infringe on their own celebrations, but also attract ticketless United fans to Merseyside.

Everton had suggested that United could have been presented with the trophy at Old Trafford before Sunday's Premiership finale.

Everton initially raised their concerns when United looked poised to head into Sunday's game needing victory to clinch the title.

But when Arsenal surrendered their Premiership crown by losing at home to Leeds on Sunday, Everton officials believed the implications were different.

There had been claims Everton could face heavy punishment for refusing to allow United to parade the trophy.

Everton are playing for a place in the Uefa Cup against United next Sunday.

If Everton beat Manchester United - or if Blackburn fail to beat Spurs - David Moyes' men will be back in Europe for the first time since 1995.





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