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Football: United fans reject 'scam' allegations.

Influential Manchester United fans' group Shareholders United have ridiculed suggestions they are 'scamming' supporters.

SU officials insist they are ready to combat any dirty tricks campaign.

They claim to have received an e-mail from a prominent member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers UK supporters' club which suggested stories were circulating that 'unsuspecting United fans had been scammed out of money by Shareholders United'.

'This desperate threat of a dirty tricks smear campaign is laughable,' said SU spokesmen Oliver Houston.

'SU is an open, democratic, respectable organisation with 22,000 committed and active members and we are backed by a number of highlyregarded individuals and institutions.

'We have nothing to hide. If people would like to make these allegations in public, let's hear them.'

It is the latest twist in what could turn into a nasty pounds 800 million takeover battle, should the 76-year-old American tycoon decide to formalise his plans.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 16, 2005
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