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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 February, 2004, 11:45 GMT
Leicester agree India deals
Leicester City's Walkers Stadium
East Bengal will play a friendly at the Walkers Stadium
Leicester City have signed twinning agreements with India's leading club and the national football association.

The Premiership club have strong links with the city's Asian community.

Leicester have agreed deals with Indian champions Kingfisher East Bengal FC and the All India Football Federation to further those links.

"These agreements will open the doors to a wide range of footballing and commercial benefits for all parties," said Leicester official Paul Mace.

"They will also promote the name of Leicester City throughout the Asian subcontinent.

"Given the ethnic diversity of Leicester, it is important that our club is at the forefront of the development of football in India."

Kingfisher East Bengal FC will be invited to play a friendly match at the Walkers Stadium later this season, while Leicester back-room staff will travel to India to run coaching programmes.

In December last year the Leicester Tigers rugby club welcomed the Indian national team to the city in a bid to boost the 15-man code among the Asian community.

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