Manchester United Extends a Warm Welcome to the Chilean Miners

Dec 12, 2010, 20:45 ET from Concha y Toro

MANCHESTER, England, Dec. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Following their successful rescue from the San Jose mine in Atacama, the Chilean miners arrived in Manchester this afternoon (12th December) at the joint invitation of Manchester United and Vina Concha y Toro. A group of miners enthusiastically accepted the invitation, and made the trip from Chile, accompanied by the Chilean football legend Elias Figueroa, who is on hand to offer his expertise and knowledge of football.

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The miners were welcomed by a dinner in the Stretford Suite at Old Trafford, hosted by the legendary England and Manchester United player Sir Bobby Charlton. Sir Bobby, from a mining community himself, marked the occasion with a heartfelt welcome to each miner. Tribute was paid to the courage and bravery shown by the miners who, after 69 days underground fighting for their lives, became a true example of unity, strength, and teamwork towards a common aim, which resulted in a successful outcome.

Manchester United extended this special invitation as, from the start of the events in the San Jose mine and right until the final rescue, the club's executives and technical team empathised with the values shown by the miners, as well as understanding their common enthusiasm for football. As a partner of Manchester United, Vina Concha y Toro took the opportunity to share in this invitation, as they too understand the values that the miners represent: ones which are admired worldwide.

Tomorrow, Monday 13th December, the miners will take part in a training session and a match at Manchester United's training ground Carrington, organised by the club's technical staff and meet Sir Alex Ferguson and the players in a private meeting. At 8pm, they will then watch the match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford.  

SOURCE Concha y Toro