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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

City face battle over Melbourne re-brand

Manchester City's bid to achieve global domination took another step forward this week, following their purchase of A-League outfit Melbourne Heart.

Manchester City may face a legal fight if they decide to re-brand the A-League franchise they recently purchased in Melbourne, Australia.

Jones: City restart the Heart

City took a controlling stake of the struggling Melbourne Heart last week, and it is expected that they will seek to re-name the club Melbourne City FC to continue the theme started by the Premier League side's name and that of their nascent MLS franchise, New York City FC.

However, an amateur side in Australia's seventh tier founded in 1991 already goes by that name, and The Sun reports that the Victoria State League Division Five West club posted on their Facebook page: "We will not surrender our club name."

That post has since been removed but another, currently online, states: "Due to the current circumstances MC FC would like to advise our fans, players and committee members that all public declarations will be made by our solicitors.

"Any declarations unless authorised by the club or it's [sic] legal team will not be supported by the club."

Melbourne Heart, who include former Liverpool and Leeds winger Harry Kewell and ex-Netherlands international Orlando Engelaar among their ranks, are currently bottom of the 10-team A-League.

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