ENGLISH football giants Manchester United are headed to Perth next year for a double-header at Optus Stadium.
The Red Devils have reportedly agreed to play two games, taking on Perth Glory on Saturday, July 13, and Leeds on Wednesday, July 17.
The games would follow West Coast’s second grand final rematch against Collingwood on Friday, July 12.
United is believed to have given an assurance it will be fielding a near full-strength team, with the EPL season starting a month later.
The State Government will underwrite the venture.
It follows a successful four-day visit by Chelsea that ended in their 1-0 win over Glory in front of a crowd of 55,522 in driving rain in July this year.
The Government was believed to have invested about $5 million for this year’s Chelsea-Glory game with the EPL giants receiving a $3.5 million match payment and Glory about $500,000.
United has the world’s biggest following, with Deloitte ranking it in first place with 75 million fans. United believes its global reach is 659 million adults as it also has huge supporter bases in Africa and Asia.
Source: Manchester United set for Optus Stadium double-header in 2019 with games against Perth Glory and Leeds | PerthNow
Residents wake to a thick blanket of fog and smoke caused by prescribed burns in WA’s south.
Perth has woken to a smoky morning, with a trough along the west coast bringing low cloud and trapping smoke from fires in Western Australia’s south.
The smoke is the result of prescribed burns carried out in the South West — as far away as Walpole — by the Parks and Wildlife Service, private landowners and local government.
A smoke alert has been issued for the Perth CBD and surrounding suburbs.
The smoke is expected to clear by late morning.
Authorities said people with conditions exacerbated by smoke should take precautions in line with their medical advice for these circumstances.
Source: Perth wakes to blanket of smoke from prescribed burns in WA’s south – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Authorities release a list of 630 people who are still unaccounted after the deadliest wildfires in California’s history, which have destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and almost completely incinerated the town of Paradise.
At least 63 people have been confirmed dead following the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills, 280 kilometres north of San Francisco.
Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fuelled by desiccated scrub and trees, raced through Paradise, a town of 27,000 residents.
Two more people were killed during the Woolsey Fire, which also destroyed more than 400 structures and displaced about 200,000 people in the mountains and foothills near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles.
Source: California wildfires: Death toll rises to 65, searches underway for 630 missing people – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)