Thursday, July 16, 2009

Liar Liar, Pants On Fire.

Nice house mate! Sheikh Mansour's gaff. His boy's are in town for a visit.

You may remember way, way, way back to lunchtime today when Lingering Bursitis told you that the Manchester Arabia squad had received expensive Franck Muller watches from team owner, Sheikh Mansour. We all muttered extravagant bastards and sighed. Well, Manchester Arabia are now calling BS on the story's originators, the Sun and they are taking legal action.

The official Arabia website states...

Manchester City can confirm that the story in The Sun newspaper this morning claiming that our players visiting Abu Dhabi had been given expensive watches by Sheikh Mansour is a fabrication.
The club is pursuing the matter legally and will do so in the most robust fashion possible.

It then goes on to tell us how nice they players are being by visiting kids etc, etc, blah blah blah.

If the Sun did in fact make the story up they could be in serious trouble. Not as if this opponent is short of a few quid to spend on lawyers is it?. Especially when they are prepared to splash 20 million on a future bench warmer. Talking of Roque Santa Cruz, he was apparently spending today 'fulfilling a host of engagements on behalf of new club sponsors Etihad."

Manchester Arabia are on holiday training in Abu Dhabi ahead of travelling to South Africa for a holiday tour.


Mike Georger said...

If English libel laws are anything like ours I don't see why this is a problem, since when is giving gifts a bad thing?

Bigus Dickus said...

It changes the public perception of the team and also looks like it's a Mansour bribe ahead of the new season. I can see why they are pissed if it's not true. Especially for club that is set in an area that aint well to do if you know what i mean.

30f said...

And this over-reaction by the team is also a goofy PR strategy. Why not just shake your head at that crazy, exaggerating press so that when there is a REAL story you want to keep on the down-low (like two offensive players arguing over playing time or a manager on the verge of being fired forzample) the team can dismiss it as being part of a pattern of BS?