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Last Updated: Friday, 1 July, 2005, 09:17 GMT 10:17 UK
West Brom's tour of US called off
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace
Peace will now try to arrange friendlies in Europe
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has reacted angrily after the club were forced to abandon a pre-season tour to California in America.

Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy called off a game against the Baggies after arranging to play Real Madrid.

And, after alternative fixtures could not be arranged, the club have called off a game against Chivas as well as the whole trip.

"I am angry and disappointed at the treatment of our club," said Peace.

He added: "We will be reporting all the circumstances to Fifa and other relevant football authorities.

"We strongly believe we had a firm commitment from LA Galaxy who on 8 June confirmed by email that they had finalised their local arrangements to take West Bromwich Albion to their area and said they were 'working diligently to complete the requisite contract'.

"With only 40 days remaining the club, in good faith, made the necessary airline bookings, organised visas for the staff and applied for official FA permission to travel.

"It was only when we felt certain that these two games would proceed, that we informed our supporters via our official website so that anyone who wanted to travel to America could make their arrangements."

Albion are now making alternative plans for two pre-season games in Europe and details will be announced as soon as possible.


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