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Football: FERGIE'S GONE ALL ENGLISH.

Byline: By DAVID McDONNELL

SIR ALEX FERGUSON has admitted he would love an all-Premiership Champions League Final - so long as his Manchester United side are involved.

United and Liverpool are closing in on a place in the last eight after impressive away wins over Lille and Barcelona respectively in the first leg of their last-16 ties.

And with Chelsea and Arsenal also in with a good shout, Ferguson believes there is a real chance of two English sides contesting the May 23 final in Athens.

"I'd love an all-English final," said Ferguson. "Just as long as we are involved in it.

"The competition is very open this season. There's not one team you could look at and say: 'They're the favourites this season'."

United will learn today whether the controversial free-kick Ryan Giggs scored to give them victory against Lille will stand, or whether UEFA will decide that the game should be replayed.

Lille director general Xavier Thuilot has accused United fans of causing the crowd trouble which led to a crush among the away support at the stadium.

He said: "United distributed their quota of tickets a month ago instead of giving them to their fans as they came off the coaches at the stadium.

"This meant there were very good forgeries which allowed fans access to the stand. We want to go as far as we can in stating our case."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2007
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