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Since 1st March, 1999
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Leeds’ £750,000 winning goal

London: Mark Viduka’s winning goal for Leeds United against Arsenal, which clinched the English Premiership for Manchester United cost the champions £750,000 ($1.2 million).

Manchester United must pay the money to Leeds as part of Rio Ferdinand’s £30 million transfer from Elland Road to Old Trafford last year, the Daily Express said on Tuesday.

Under the conditions of the contract, Manchester United agreed to pay a £750,000 bonus to Leeds every time Ferdinand helps them win the championship during his five-year contract.

United secured the title last Sunday when Viduka’s late matchwinner against Arsenal ended the London club’s hopes of overhauling Manchester.

The small print also guarantees Leeds one million pounds every time Manchester United win the Champions League and £500,000 for every FA Cup triumph, up to four million pounds.

Viduka’s goal also helped Leeds avoid relegation — estimated these days to cost around £15 million in lost TV revenue and ticket sales — and staved off the threat of the club being put into administration.

Leeds have debts of £78.9 million and may have to sell Viduka, fellow Australian Harry Kewell, goalkeeper Paul Robinson or striker Alan Smith to stay afloat.

A year ago, the quartet might have raised £50 million — nearly two thirds of the debt.

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