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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

UEFA announce visa exemption

UEFA have confirmed that all ticket holders attending the Champions League final in Moscow on 21 May will be able to use their match ticket as a visa entry to the Russian Federation for a 72-hour period.

The visa exemption applies to all ticket holders going to Moscow for the final between 19 and 23 May.

Supporters must present a valid match ticket, valid passport at least six months before expiry, and a completed immigration form (collected with the match ticket) upon entrance into Russia.

All fans are asked to keep their ticket up to departure from Moscow. Anyone outstaying the 72-hour entry period will have to pay the fee for a regular visa when leaving the country.

"Our job is to make sure that fans are able to get to and from Moscow as easily as possible," said UEFA president Michel Platini.

"This is great news for football fans travelling to watch this year's Champions League final."

Nani says sorry for red card

Nani has apologised for getting himself needlessly sent off against West Ham in the Reds' 4-1 victory at the weekend.

With United 3-1 up at Old Trafford at the time, the Portuguese winger got involved in a scuffle with Lucas Neill. The Australian defender certainly looked to have provoked Nani, but the United starlet was correctly dismissed for reacting by going head-to-head with the Hammers defender.

Sir Alex Ferguson described Nani's actions as "immature", especially considering that, at this stage of the season, United could have done without playing half a game with only ten men.

In the end it made no difference to the overall outcome of the game, but 21-year-old Nani has since recognised his misdemeanour and is clearly contrite.

"I recognise my action was a thoughtless one," he said. "But I also have to say I was provoked and attacked.

"I regret what I did and want to publicly ask for forgiveness."

Giggs: We're in charge

Ryan Giggs expects Wigan to provide a stern challenge in Sunday's Premier League title decider, but is delighted that United are masters of their own destiny.

Victory over Steve Bruce's side at the JJB Stadium will see the Reds retain the title, regardless of Chelsea's result against Bolton at Stamford Bridge.

Giggs, who will become United's joint all-time appearance maker if he features against the Latics, wants the Reds to focus solely on capping a fine season with victory.

"It's in our hands, which is all you can ask for," he told MUTV. "It's going to be a tough game. Wigan have got some decent players, they showed that when they played Chelsea and got a draw.

"No matter what happens with Chelsea, it's still in our hands and we've got to be professional and do our job.

Bosingwa agent denies United deal

Jose Bosingwa's agent has dismissed rumours the Porto right-back has agreed terms with Manchester United. The 25-year-old Portugal international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the English press, but Rui Neno insists nothing has been agreed.
"There is not any sort of agreement with Manchester United," he told PA Sport. Neno claims no club has yet matched Porto's valuation of the player but reckons Bosingwa could be interested in a move.
"If any club bid the 30 million euros set by the club, I believe there might be agreement," he said.
Daily Star