Everton's China tour doubtful due to SARS


LONDON: Everton's tour of China in May is in doubt due to the outbreak of the deadly flu-like SARS virus. 

The English club, who are sponsored by Chinese mobile phone maker Kejian and have China midfielder Li Tie in their first team, are due to play two games on May 23 and May 25 in Shenzhen. 

Shenzhen is located in the Guangdong province of China where the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was first identified. SARS has no known cure and has since spread through Asia and worldwide, killing 78 people and infecting over 2,300. 

“There is no way that we would sanction a trip, which would place anyone's health in jeopardy,” said Everton spokesman Ian Ross on his club's website. 

“Clearly, there is a problem at the moment. We are monitoring the situation and we have already been in contact with the relevant authorities. 

“We hope to be in a position to make a decision within the next 10 days.” – Reuters 

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