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Didn't want to stink up the soccer thread with this but I thought it was a pretty interesting read. Written before Christmas but turned up on my Facebook feed today:

 

https://medium.com/@NcGeehan/the-men-behind-man-city-a-documentary-not-coming-soon-to-a-cinema-near-you-14bc8e393e06

 

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There’s more — there’s a lot more — but suffice it to say that while Abu Dhabi may not be the most abusive government in the world, they are easily the most abusive government running a football club. Qatar run them a close second of course, and there should be no PSG supporters taking the moral high ground. A quick glance at the bookies odds for this year’s Champions League reveals the extent to which top level European football is now dependent on funding from either Abu Dhabi or Qatar. Manchester City are currently the favourites followed by Paris Saint-Germain. Third favourites are Bayern Munich, whose shirts are now sponsored by Qatar, fourth favourites are Barcelona, who only recently ended a seven-year sponsorship deal with Qatar, and fifth favourites are Real Madrid, who have sold the naming rights to their new stadium to Abu Dhabi.

 

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From the title, I thought this would be about the World Cup.  Thanks for the interesting read, personally I don't see the "vs" between sports and politics.  Sport has quite often been political, whether it is for diplomacy or feeding into nationalism or tribalism.  With Man City, you can talk about whether there is any hypocrisy in Pep wearing the yellow ribbon and championing democracy while working for Sheikh Mansour.

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Lots of horrible people own big football clubs, Terek Grozny are owned by the head of the Chechen parliament and close ally of the president who like to run concentration camps for gay people. That nutcase in Kazakhstan that names everything after his Mum owned ones of the big clubs there as well.

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