Every year after the end of a season it has been customary for the Manchester City chairman to give his view on the preceding 12 months. This years interview has not disappointed fans.
Khaldoon Al Mubarak is the Manchester City Chairman and once every year he provides an interview to City TV to review the year which has just passed. These tend to be pretty inconsequential as Khaldoon tends to avoid controversy, but this year that has changed.
City have just had what is their most successful ever season in 125 years of football history and instead the media have mainly focused upon repeated allegations of financial impropriety, fueled by stories from stolen documents and published in Der Spiegel. City have always maintained the allegations are false and part of a concerted attempt to besmirch the reputation of the club.
So in the City TV interview, Khaldoon has delighted the fans by saying much of what we have been waiting to hear since the press stories started.
Khaldoon has clearly said that other clubs are jealous and envious of our success and so have briefed against it in an attempt to belittle the achievements.
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He says that arguments proposed by Javier Tebas that City have distorted the transfer market are hypocritical. Khaldoon rightly points out that City do not have a single player in the top 10 most expensive players of all time. Whereas the La Liga clubs, presided over by Tebas have plenty.
Khaldoon even goes so far as to question the basics underpinning Tebas’ rhetoric, pointing out there is a racist under current in the way City are apportioned with PSG.
It has been clear to City fans that Tebas seems to have avoided any facts in his continued assault upon us, so it is refreshing to see his claims openly rebuffed by our Club.
Finally Khaldoon has suggested City are in the clear with the UEFA FFP investigation as long as the inquiry sticks to the facts and doesn’t drift into political areas. He says again City expect to be cleared.
The interview from Khaldoon is surprisingly bullish and it is important the fans have heard his voice because it has felt as though we are fighting a campaign against the media on our own.
Of course, detractors will point to Khaldoon not being available for cross examination by the wider press. But after their exceptionally poor coverage of City I can not think of a reason why Khaldoon should consent to an interview with any of them.
Let’s hope part two of the interview is as affirming for the City fans.