Organisers of Sunday's exhibition match featuring Manchester United might find themselves in hot water if the Consumer Council thinks they misled the public into believing that the English Premier League champions were coming to the territory with a full-strength side. The Council has received a flood of complaints and inquiries over the last two days from irate fans requesting a refund because the match will be missing star players Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Gary Neville, who withdrew from the Marlboro Cup match at Hong Kong Stadium. Giggs had a hernia operation and is still recuperating while Neville and Beckham are experiencing a variety of minor problems and are not yet considered fit for competitive football. It was already known that the match would be missing ex-United captain Eric Cantona, who retired from football in May. Organisers had tried to bring the injured trio over to the territory as 'guests' but United manager Alex Ferguson said it was not right for them to come without having to play. A spokesman for the organisers, ProEvents, said they had done their utmost to get the three players here either as guests or players. 'We tried all we could to get all three players here somehow, but to no avail. We have to respect the club manager's decision. This is something beyond our control,' said ProEvents' Julian Kam. Kenneth So, chief PR officer with the Consumer Council, said organisers for special events had a duty to the public in that they should make good their promise when making announcements that certain players were guaranteed to appear. 'We would like to find out whether the consumers were led to believe that a string of certain personalities were coming,' he said. 'If things happen to be beyond the organisers' control, then it's a different matter,' he added. It is understood that the Consumer Council received four formal complaints and about 20 inquiries on refunds. 'We need to know the facts before we can act on anything,' said So. 'We need to know what the organisers had advertised and to see whether the organisers received confirmation or had made some kind of agreement with the club that these certain players were definitely coming. 'The Council is playing the role of the mediator. We have received complaints. Some fans are looking for refunds for tickets. 'We have come to solve these complaints by mediating so we need to make some inquiries. 'We are trying to bring a satisfactory solution to the consumers who are asking for a refund. 'We have to see whether there is any ground for their complaints,' he said. Both Neville and Beckham have been ordered by Ferguson to rest, having played more than 60 matches last season. This was far more than most of their teammates. Meanwhile, Peter Lam Kin-ngok, a name synonymous with club success in seasons gone by, will return to South China to take up a post with the reigning league champions. Lam will become club vice-president - the first time he will be involved in local soccer for 10 years. 'I had been involved with the South China club for years and [in that period] we never went without winning something in a season, so I hope the trend will continue,' said Lam. 'I shall go back into soccer wiser because I have years of experience in local football.' After months of speculation, Golden have decided to stay in the First Division next season. The club, who finished third in the aggregate standings last season, will formally register with the Hong Kong Football Association today. The financially troubled club will make it eight teams competing in the senior league. The club are currently on a recruitment drive for players and are on the verge of signing former Rangers coach Butt Wai-hong to that duty with them.