Amnesty International has accused Manchester City’s owners of trying to “sportswash” their country’s “deeply tarnished image” by financing the success of the Premier League side. The Premier League holders are owned by Sheikh Mansour, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family and deputy president of the United Arab Emirates. German publication Der Spiegel has published a series of allegations based on the whistle-blowing Football Leaks series, many of which involve Manchester City. They were named as seven one of seven sides to alleged to be planning a breakaway European super league, and their financial conduct has been questioned. Der Spiegel allege that City have been trying to ease around Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules by inflating sponsorship deals and hiding contracts. Arabtec, the largest construction company in the United Arab Emirates, was one of the sponsorship deals mentioned, but the firm is no longer listed as one of City’s regional partners. Arabtec has repeatedly been criticised by Amnesty International for the way it treats migrant workers, and Der Spiegel claims that City ignored concerns raised by its own public relations experts ahead of signing a three-year regional sponsorship agreement in 2014, worth £7m a year. “The UAE’s enormous investment in Manchester City is one… Read full this story
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