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May 23, 2008 1:03 AM

Sichuan tragedy inspires Euro champs Manchester United?

Posted by Daniel Beekman

The letter below was posted to a Chinese online BBS (bulletin board system) - 'Netease' - on May 16. The photo was featured in a Chinese television special on Sichuan province's Dujiangyan Middle School, where last Monday's earthquake buried 900 students. Hundreds died.

Manchester United, one of England's most successful professional soccer teams, beat English club Chelsea to win the prestigious European Champion's League Wednesday.

To Sir Alex, players of Manchester United, and all staffs:

Congratulations on the Champions!

We are from Guangzhou, China, fans of Manchester United . 12/5/2008, when we immersed in the joy of the Champions League, a century disaster advent in China: earthquake of Wenchuan, Sichuan.

In this tragic natural disaster, we found a photo with a group of middle school students in Dujiangyan, Sichuan, who were killed by earthquake now. They are also fans of Manchester United.

Before the earthquake,they were in celebrations for Manchester United's Champion, too. And they left this photo that we will not forget in our lifetime. Children wearing Manchester United jerseys, take this pictures very happy. But now, some of these children, have died in the catastrophe.

We can not help crying.

Now we solemnly email this photo to Manchester United, to help children achieve their wishes. Hope every player courageously competition in Moscow, to win the european championship, comfort this little spirits.

Best wish for all of you!

A group of Manchester United fans

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