Radio station bosses at Manchester's Key 103 discovered yesterday that the pounds 15,350 bid - which would have gone to Coventry City defender David Busst's testimonial fund - had been "a cruel hoax". But the shirt - worn by Cantona in a testimonial game for Busst and presented to him by the Frenchman 24 hours before he resigned from United - is now to be offered as a competition prize in a national newspaper.
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A telephone caller who made a hoax bid to a radio auction for Eric Cantona's last Manchester United shirt almost cost a young footballer who was forced out of the game more than pounds 15,000. The caller joined in a radio auction for the signed number seven shirt as thousands of bids flooded in for the souvenir.