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Premier League Football Club Linked to Middle East Conflict

Before their first match after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Manchester City’s players observed a minute’s silence out of respect for the victims.

But don’t expect a similar display of support for those fighting dictatorial regimes in the Middle East any time soon.

Why? Because as a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, Man City’s owner, Sheikh Mansour (pictured), is related to some of the region’s most controversial leaders.

According to the latest edition of Private Eye magazine, president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Kalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – who also happens to be  Mansour’s brother – sent the Bahraini authorities 500 policemen to help suppress anti-government riots that have left 24 people dead in the past six weeks.

It’s a wonder no mainstream newspapers have picked up on the cosy relationship between the man bankrolling one of the Premier League’s top clubs and the uprisings in the Middle East.

Still, we’re sure billionaire Sheikh Mansour is more concerned with securing a win against Liverpool next Monday.

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Tags politics, football, Manchester City, Middle East, Bahrain, Sheikh Mansour, Sheikh Kalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
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COMMENTS (23) Add your comment
Ian Johnson, 19/06/2012 07:32

How can a decent person follow a football club with such an owner?

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