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Manchester United won't pull plug on Bahrain school

Published on Apr 13, 2013 6:17 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United will go ahead with a coaching school in Bahrain hosted by their legendary striker Denis Law despite the volatile political situation in the Gulf State, according to a report on Friday.

The Guardian newspaper reported that United's football school will take place this weekend against a backdrop of protests over Formula One's decision to go ahead with the Bahrain Grand Prix on April 21, and with a series of reported human rights abuses in the region.

It was recently claimed that a female doctor in Bahrain was beaten by security forces after asking the Premier League club for a minute's silence in memory of a 15-year-old boy killed in the 2011 uprising while wearing a United shirt.

One of the directors of the campaign group, Human Rights First, called on Law to meet with Dr Fatima Haji, who was sentenced to five years in custody for treating injured prisoners during an uprising in the region before being acquitted last year, after she was said to be tortured partly because of her perceived association with United.

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