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Anthony Harwood: The Ryder Cup will become inconsequential, just like the FA Cup after Manchester United’s withdrawal in 1999

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Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, who have now joined LIV Golf leading to Stenson’s stripping of the Ryder Cup captaincy

Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, who have now joined LIV Golf leading to Stenson’s stripping of the Ryder Cup captaincy

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United were criticised for pulling out the FA Cup in 1999

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United were criticised for pulling out the FA Cup in 1999

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Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, who have now joined LIV Golf leading to Stenson’s stripping of the Ryder Cup captaincy

The sorry spectacle of the golfing world tearing itself apart over a megabucks breakaway Saudi league reminds me of something that happened in football more than 20 years ago.

In 1999 Manchester United pulled out of the FA Cup to play in a nothing tournament in South America – and the oldest national football competition in the world has never quite been the same since.


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