United halt tell-all book

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Manchester United sought an injunction yesterday to prevent the publication of a "tell-all" book by the club's former head of security Michael "Ned" Kelly. The News of the World newspaper confirmed it would not run serialised extracts from the book, as scheduled tomorrow, because of the legal action.

A High Court injunction hearing is scheduled for next week. Mr Kelly's publicist, Jenny Stanley-Clarke, said the club's action was "unprecedented". She said: "It is believed that the book will reveal that it is not only the players' conduct which could, at times, be called into question."

Mr Kelly, a former SAS soldier, left the club 18 months ago after 12 years' service.