Watch it. Drink it in…and then spit it in the faces of the City haters

“I swear you’ll never see anything like this ever again, so watch it, drink it in…”

Every Manchester City fan will readily identify with those words, taken from an iconic moment in football history, arguably – no, indisputably – THE best ever for a City supporter. Martin Tyler’s commentary is etched indelibly into football folklore.

That goal, that celebration. The Agueroooo Moment!

Incredible, unbelievable beyond their wildest imaginings – 93:20 AGUEROOOO – City grabbed the title on May 13th, 2012. Delirious joy and unbridled happiness abounded – Roberto Mancini’s men in Blue had ended a 44-year wait to be crowned as the Champions of England.

A minute earlier, City’s long-suffering fans had been staring into a desolate abyss, one where the tag of ‘Typical City’ had once again come back to haunt them, and their team of perennial under achievers.

Instead of their painfully time-honoured trait of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, City had actually only gone and bloody done it. Four years into Sheikh Mansour’s ownership, City were indeed Champions.

From the moment this man took over, Sheikh Mansour’s ambitious City project has been the target of jealousy, hatred and dirty football politics from UEFA and European football’s self styled ‘elite’.

The whole football world – Fergie and United apart – appeared genuinely swept up in the pulsating excitement, the exhilaration, the last minute drama of scooping up the title, with virtually the last kick of a campaign.

Fast forward to today and City stand in virtual isolation. The world and his dog are against them. UEFA and those who despise City’s success, who feel threatened by City’s meteoric rise, who are desperate to destroy City’s ever broadening sky blue horizons, gather like vultures, salivating at the club’s pending demise.

Has there ever been a more orchestrated and pernicious pursuit of a sporting entity, than that of City, by the corrupt and rotten to the core UEFA, spurred on by the greed and self serving protectionism of the old cabal of European football?

I was quoted in today’s Observer newspaper as the pernicious press get their hooks into City.

From the moment the ‘oil money’ began flowing into M11 3FF, English football’s red alliance of United, Arsenal and Liverpool has led the way with wave after wave of insidious attacks on City.

The gut wrenching hypocrites at Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona et al, needed no encouragement to join in. They all stood to lose as City’s evolution accelerated into revolution.

How dare another club seek to challenge the self styled elite of European football?

City’s emergence posed a real threat to the cosy monopoly sitting at UEFA’s top table. What made it even more unpalatable to the likes of, in particular, the American and German owners of clubs, was the threat was coming from Arabs – ARABS – it just wouldn’t do, would it?

When City ‘lawyer up’ they really do mean business. Image by CITY XTRA.

City had to be stopped. Come hell or high water, nobody was allowed to gatecrash the corrupt cartels that were running English and European football.

The ludicrously and ironically labelled, UEFA ‘Financial Fair Play’ rules, were introduced on the premise it would help prevent clubs spiralling into debt and undermining their very existence.

It was a sham from the outset. It had nothing to do with debt. It was naked protectionism, designed and implemented to stop owners such as Sheikh Mansour, pumping investment into their up and coming clubs.

UEFA continues to hide behind this pathetic premise. You only have to look at the architect of FFP – Michel Platini to get its measure. The disgraced Platini has long been exposed as a grubby, corrupt little man – totally in keeping with UEFA’s ‘culture’ of systemic greed and self interest.

The face and finger of UEFA FFP corruption! The disgraced Michel Platini.

Conflict of interest doesn’t apply where UEFA are concerned. Take, for instance, David Gill – Mr Manchester United – who is able to wield power and political influence in UEFA’s stench ridden structures – to the obvious detriment of City.

It must mark as a career pinnacle of many a ‘mover and shaker’ from the likes of United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, that City have been hit with a two year ban from European competitions. UEFA are also hoping to top up its ‘Greasing Palms Slush Fund’ by slapping a £25m fine on City. The avarice is as astonishing as it is shameful.

UEFA’s processes have been a mockery thus far. They’ve played the roles of judge, jury and would-be executioner in their hideous and hateful vendetta against City.

Think about it! Ceferin against Khaldoon – who’s your money on?

The official statement from City said it all: ‘Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.’

Hopefully, justice will be served and CAS will find in City’s favour. If not, there’s no doubt City will take matters to the next level, via the Swiss legal system.

Prior to UEFA deploying their nuclear option on Friday, there had been rumours that UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, had been keen to reach some kind of compromise with City.

The gloves are off! Khaldoon and City’s lawyers are finally going into battle with UEFA at CAS.

If true, it would suggest UEFA are far from sure of their ground, and have perhaps, only reluctantly, engaged in full on hostilities, and an inevitable legal onslaught from a Khaldoon Al Mubarak-led City.

While the past 48 hours has made for hideous reading, viewing and listening for those who hold City close to their hearts, Khaldoon & Co are resolute in City’s innocence and are now bristling for the fight.

It’s been a long time coming. Many feel that City should have gone to war with UEFA back in 2014, when the club chose a path of lesser resistance, accepting a £49m fine (ultimately reduced to £16m, when City met FFP criteria – oh the irony).

That’s corrupt, rotten to the core, thieving, lying, dirty, deceitful, biased bastards spelt UEFA.

City were only ‘guilty’ because, having been open and transparent with UEFA and received assurances they were in full FFP compliance, UEFA moved the regulatory goalposts and stitched the club up like the proverbial kipper. There’s always something fishy about UEFA – they always manage to stink the place out.

As far as City fans are concerned, nothing will ever be as sweet as when Sergio slotted home the winning goal against QPR, but when Khaldoon and City’s legal eagles wipe the floor with UEFA, it’ll be as sweet as a cinnamon roll smothered in salted caramel sauce.

And that brings us back to where it all began – that commentary!

Watch it. Drink it in, but don’t swallow the bile and venom of the hate campaign against City. We’ll spit in the faces of City’s detractors.

City fans should watch all of the pure hate and venom spewing forth and directed at their club. They should drink it in but don’t swallow! When City’s lawyers ultimately win the day, the club and supporters can spit the bile right back at the bastards, those who’d happily see City annihilated.

CTWD – and we’re not dying anytime soon.


By David Walker @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu



  1. February 16, 2020  9:14 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Absolutely spot on Dave, can't wait to give those bent twats at Uefa a bloody nose. As you so rightly say we should of done it years ago, can't believe the shit that is flying our way. I personally have put up with a lot from people I thought were better than that. Banter I don't mind but pure hatred and personal insults goes way beyond what I will put up with. At least two people know exactly where they stand with me now. When we overturn this stupid decision I will more than have my say. Brilliantly done yet again my friend. 👍

    • February 16, 2020  9:22 pm by David Walker Reply

      Massively appreciated Doug. Your comments fall in with the tone of the article. As City fans and as a club, we're getting unrelenting sh*t thrown at us at the moment, but let's take note of who, and when this thing is turned around redemption and vengeance will be all the more sweet.

  2. February 16, 2020  9:41 pm by Guv Reply

    Well done great read yet again my friend. 👍

  3. February 16, 2020  9:41 pm by Pete lynch Reply

    Corrupt bastards picked the wrong club to go to war with. Brilliant piece David and great listening to you on the radio.

    • February 16, 2020  9:43 pm by David Walker Reply

      When Two Tribes Go To War - Khaldoon smashes the b@st@rds! Thanks mate.

  4. February 16, 2020  9:50 pm by Mark Reply

    Great piece David, but unfortunately I don't share your optimism that we'll come out the winners in this sham. I think we'll win the appeal at the cas get a one year ban and leave it at that, I'm not sure the club have the fight, afterall we've not seen much of it off the pitch in the last six years. Would love to be proved wrong, so we can stick two fingers up to the haters yet again.

    • February 16, 2020  9:55 pm by David Walker Reply

      I'm impressed by Khaldoon's insistence that we are 'clean'. He's an honourable man, a man of great integrity, intellect and business acumen. I think the past 6 years have been ones where City have sought to find resolutions without confrontation, but UEFA has tried it on once too often and hopefully City will smash them in the courtroom.

  5. February 16, 2020  9:56 pm by Mark Shaw Reply

    Great piece again David. I am going to be a touch controversial here but if it is proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Chairman Khaldoon and the City hierarchy have done wrong then alas we will deserve whatever punishment we receive. However, if after lengthy appeals to CAS and the Swiss courts, we are still found guilty, it will be one of the biggest frame-ups in legal history. UEFA through the whole process have acted in "Bad Faith" through leaks (Which CAS themselves have given legal opinion on previously) and they have used illegally hacked evidence to convict. The mere fact that the head of the investigatory chamber leaked that we would be banned BEFORE they'd even sat should tell you that the fix was in from the start. And don't get me started on the fact that rival clubs have people in high places within UEFA's hierarchy. As a City fan of 40 years plus I am genuinely worried about the future of our club. But on the plus side, the plastic "Johnny come lately's" will disappear and I might actually stand a chance of getting a ticket to bigger games in future lol

    • February 17, 2020  12:00 am by David Walker Reply

      A fair and balanced summary of the 'what, ifs and maybes' but UEFA's whole process has more holes than a Swiss cheese - how very apt - and smells worse than the most pungent Stinking Bishop. Okay, I'll drop the cheese theme at this point, and hope that Khaldoon & Co more than know their onions and it'll be UEFA flambe all the way before too long. If - God forbid - it all goes t*ts, then it's time to walk away from one of the most corrupt sports on the planet. Thanks Mark and we'll see what can be done about getting you down to the Etihad.

  6. February 16, 2020  9:56 pm by Pete Reply

    Laughable really, We have a situation where UEFA judge the size of the sponsorship allowed. i.e your club is only big enough to have a £50m deal. It is not the market leader but any larger and it is unnaturally inflated due to the size of your club. Interesting that. Despite being supported by one of the largest financial investment company's its too big. That company may be hundreds of times the size of any football club in the world but that sponsorship is still too big. Are sponsors not driven by potential? surely any football team with the backing of the Sheik and his cohorts would be worth backing to the hilt... it is extremely likely to be hugely successful. Thats what sponsors support, the here and now not the past, not the club who haven't won the league in years and are saddled with debt. But strangely not in the world of Uefa. This a corrupt and laughable decision no doubt doubly harsh so that they can be reasonable and reduce it to one year.
    Aren't many clubs floated on the stock market so one obvious one here from the world of business; where would Skoda be now if the Volkswagen group had been thus restricted. Oh yes that's the idea...Hold on don't VW sponsor someone.

    • February 16, 2020  11:54 pm by David Walker Reply

      It'd funny if it wasn't so damn crooked. How the governing bodies in football - Premier League, UEFA and FIFA get away with some of the sh*t they get up to is nigh on criminal. You can't apply logic and market forces where avarice, self interest and corruption are all in play. Why football is seemingly allowed to operate outside of anti-competitive business legislation would be a good starting point when seeking to torpedo FFP. Your take on investing in future growth and the potential of an enterprise, rather than the 'here and now' is absolutely valid, and yes, VW are very big in Wolfsburg - just ask my lad! Thanks PT.

  7. February 16, 2020  10:01 pm by Mark Shaw Reply

    Great piece again David. I am going to be a touch controversial here but if it is proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Chairman Khaldoon and the City hierarchy have done wrong then alas we will deserve whatever punishment we receive. However, if after lengthy appeals to CAS and the Swiss courts, we are still found guilty, it will be one of the biggest frame-ups in legal history. UEFA through the whole process have acted in "Bad Faith" through leaks (Which CAS themselves have given legal opinion on previously) and they have used illegally hacked evidence to convict. The mere fact that the head of the investigatory chamber leaked that we would be banned BEFORE they'd even sat should tell you that the fix was in from the start. And don't get me started on the fact that rival clubs have people in high places within UEFA's hierarchy. As a City fan of 40 years plus I am genuinely worried about the future of our club. But on the plus side, the plastic "Johnny come lately's" will disappear and I might actually stand a chance of getting a ticket to bigger games in future lol

  8. February 16, 2020  10:15 pm by Ste Reply

    Exactly perfect in every word u know the clubs that hate the clubs who have pushed and pushed for this on what grounds a illegal hacking of our emails any court in the land would laugh it out of court why are liverpool getting away with hacking our systems cos that's the only way they can keep tabs on citys top draw run club doesn't it sound a bit ironic that we was hacked twice I smell a rat liverpool it was the New York post who was one of the first papers to break the news of citys apparent wrong doing and who owns the paper fenway group who runs liverpool u dont have to be clever who's at the root of all this

    • February 16, 2020  11:47 pm by David Walker Reply

      Indeed, it's not rocket science is it? Offended by everything, ashamed of nothing, but since they're UEFA darlings they get a free pass on just about everything. Vile, vile club with owners who have a track record of cheating.

  9. February 16, 2020  10:16 pm by Doug Sharp Reply

    As always very well written, David.
    Die-hard football fans, other than those of the so called 'elite' clubs, would be wise to get behind City otherwise their club will never ever have a chance of breaching this corrupt cabal. They will be assigning their club to being second rate until eternity.

    • February 16, 2020  11:42 pm by David Walker Reply

      Absolutely. Many would be well advised not to be too quick to rush to judgment. If City win this case, it could seriously undermine FFP and cause irreparable damage to the corrupt bastards at UEFA. I' imagine the likes of Everton, a Newcastle under new ownership - if, as and when - and others, will be keeping a close eye on proceedings. That said, the whole football world and beyond, will have 'eyes on' when we get to CAS. Thanks for your feedback.

  10. February 16, 2020  10:16 pm by Ben Davies Reply

    A club with a hierarchy without morals or principles, supercharged by a sugar daddy got its comeuppance and justice has been served. No one outside of Manchester will weep. Good riddance.

    • February 16, 2020  11:37 pm by David Walker Reply

      We haven't gone anywhere you soft sweaty red! What would your lot know about holding the moral high ground? Take a look back at your club's past indiscretions.

    • February 17, 2020  7:31 am by Ben Davies Reply

      2 strikes so far. 3 strikes and your out. STRIP EM OF THEIR TITLES WE SAY!

      • February 17, 2020  8:16 am by David Walker Reply

        Try and master the English language if you insist on commenting. What's with the Royal 'We'?

  11. February 16, 2020  10:39 pm by Phil woodcock Reply

    been reading your sense and fact in City groups for a while mate but this is the best one t

    • February 16, 2020  11:34 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thank you. I don't write as many actual blogs on the Read But Never Red website as I would wish due time constraints. It's so much easier and faster just to post directly on to Facebook. Thanks again.

  12. February 16, 2020  10:46 pm by Simon Reply

    Excelllent summary ofthe inherently corrupt and self-serving farce of the European Football governing body. When City win the appeal I hope that the sue for damages.

    • February 16, 2020  11:32 pm by David Walker Reply

      If things go our way at CAS - or wherever - I hope we'll bleed UEFA dry, bring them to their knees and blow them to smithereens. I don't think that's too OTT do you? Thanks for commenting.

  13. February 16, 2020  11:00 pm by Phil The Blue Reply

    "When Two Tribes Go To War"? Apt! Our tribe is more powerful than many think. War is effectively declared against CFG! Who are CFG shareholders in addition to ADUG? A powerful Chinese Investment Fund owned by the Chinese Government (and a seat on the CFG Board) , A powerful Investment Fund domiciled in the United States. Looking across the Channel PSG are apparently 'in the clear'. Owned by Qataris who will soon be hosting a world cup. A country rich in natural gas where a lot of French Companies have lucrative contracts. Once having a Frenchman (Platini) at the inner sanctum. Perhaps City and CFG are mobilising some very heavy artillery. When Platini was disgraced Gill dived for cover not to be seen or heard. Now that has blown over he has re-appeared in the OT directors box wearing his UEFA tie.

    • February 16, 2020  11:30 pm by David Walker Reply

      It stinks to high heaven doesn't it? I've always believed that when it came to a showdown between CFG and UEFA, the CFG would win. I see no reason - despite the fearful media coverage since Friday - to change my mind. I can't wait to see the media w@nkfest shot down in flames, leaving them reaching for tissues, only this time, to dry their red, tear stained eyes.

  14. February 16, 2020  11:03 pm by Kaine Mcmorrow Reply

    I fucking love this. Thank you. The truth will always come out. One love. CTID.

    • February 16, 2020  11:26 pm by David Walker Reply

      I'm glad you do - thanks for your feedback.

  15. February 16, 2020  11:11 pm by Paul Reply

    i can't help thinking theres a "brexit"punishment element here, lets be honest why has Englands most successful team over the last ten years been punished (thats not admitting guilt by the way)yet France's leading club(a influential EU country) have found a way to avoid being banned
    How can you buy Naymar and Mpabbe (i know on loan initially)in the same season ,pay off managers with low TV money from their domestic games
    Im not being a leaver or remainer here just think its a coincidence !!!

    • February 16, 2020  11:25 pm by David Walker Reply

      Putting politics to one side, it certainly begs the question how can PSG spend something like £365m on two players within 12 months without the higher revenue streams enjoyed by City. If memory serves me correctly, PSG weren't punished any further by UEFA due to some procedural shortcomings in their own processes? There's no love lost between Qatar and the UAE, but I think UEFA wanted to hurt PSG, but screwed it up themselves.

      • June 4, 2020  7:03 pm by Paddy Reply

        Manifestly erroneous was what a latter investigator described the decision of UEFA to drop case into PSG as.,panel%20that%20looks%20after%20FFP.

        Cockup, conspiracy or somewhere between the two- it's damning!

        • June 24, 2020  9:56 am by David Walker Reply

          I'll go 100% conspiracy - FINAL ANSWER!

  16. February 16, 2020  11:54 pm by Nigel Wilkinson Reply

    Great article David. Cannot wait for the hell that is, one hopes and expects, about to be unleashed on the lying, cheating corrupt bastards at UEFA and those greedy ‘elite clubs’ and their nauseating, holier than thou Chairmen/Presidents! Bring it on!! 😃 Forever Blue!!👕

    • February 17, 2020  12:02 am by David Walker Reply

      Amen, hallelujah and all that sort of stuff. May UEFA, the Red Alliance and those b@st@rds from Bavaria rot in hell, with Uli Hoeness serving up fraudulent sausages by the fires.

  17. February 17, 2020  4:09 am by Emran King Reply

    Your article describes everything. Three reds from England and javier from Spain and German hypocrisy all together. Their intention to destroy us but truth prevail. We will win this case. Thank you Dave for your timely article.

    • February 17, 2020  8:15 am by David Walker Reply

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

  18. February 17, 2020  8:22 am by By Reply

    I have never seen such hate in football from millions of people around until man city was owned by our Arab owners .I feel so sad with such racism and hatred. Thank you for the lovely article David I always miss your words . I know you must be busy on the radio possibly.

    • February 17, 2020  8:59 am by David Walker Reply

      It's a sad reflection on the world in general. Thanks for your encouraging feedback.

  19. February 17, 2020  10:30 am by Paul Slater Reply

    I enjoyed the read! I wanted City to take on UEFA in 2014 but they chose not to. I wanted City to challenge the slurs from other clubs & federations for the last six years but they chose not to. FFP should have been strangled at birth. I find it amusing that a convicted felon was welcomed back from prison straight into his position as President of Bayern Munich with barely a comment and he continued to “spill the beans” about corrupt Manchester City!

    • February 17, 2020  11:00 am by David Walker Reply

      Gloves off. Game on. It's all out war. Yes, the corrupt and fraudulent Bavarian sausage maker did his 'wurst' and yet Bayern are still one of UEFA's poster boys. Says it all. Your comments are much appreciated.

  20. February 17, 2020  11:07 am by Bev Roberts Reply

    Thanks for that David. Exceptional and well written. I can’t begin to describe how angry I am with what has happened. Speechless is the word and as my hubby would tell you that’s not normal for me. The absolute hatred for Man City from UEFA, their stooges in the press and fans of other clubs is staggering. I really do hope that Khaldoon and City go to war and tear the hypocrites called UEFA to pieces.

    • February 17, 2020  11:13 am by David Walker Reply

      My understanding is that is precisely Khaldoon and City's intention. Here's to the lancing of the boil that is UEFA. Thanks for your feedback.

  21. February 17, 2020  12:37 pm by Allan Reply

    Thanks for the modicum of reassurance David after a weekend of bile everywhere you looked. Is the MEN really a Manchester paper? David Conn a City supporter? I feel we've let this fester fro 12 years, but you knock the nail on the head. It's ARAB this, ARAB that, from people you will then hear pontificate about racism. Gill to the FA in 2008 and then on to UEFA says to me moves were afoot with immediate effect, and where the trail leads back to. Along with the BBC (read Frederick Forsyth's account of the Nigerian Civil War), the FA is an arm of government. Gill, Dyke (Utd, BBC and FA), Mark Thompson (BBC, NYT, AP and LFC), the NYT (LFC and AP), Rob Harris (AP, BBC), etc, have been stirring the pot. I don't think the timing of this is a coincidence either. We had the decade of forever pending, never arriving punishment, and now we've been hit with the exocet just after the Jan window's closed, just before we're about to play RM, which you know dam well we will need to give 2 4-0 performances to scrape through, and just when Pep and players like KDB might decide it means they will have to go. Bayern, RM, Juve, etc, all knew this was coming.

    • February 17, 2020  12:41 pm by David Walker Reply

      That sir is a most brilliant precis of the primary shit stirrers of recent times - and there's plenty more. Thank you.

  22. February 17, 2020  3:44 pm by Stuart Reed Reply

    Great piece, glad you're back but not under such pressing circumstances.
    They're ALL showing their true colours now, wishfully thinking (wanting) City to be guilty (& not caring if City aren't) without a fair hearing. David knows FA Gill; Javier Tebas (protecting RM and Barca) down to - and I mean DOWN to Paul Merson (hahaha), Stan Collymore & rent-a-quote John Aldridge. Camel Gob couldn't help himself either. Yes, and Dan Roan (banned from Etihad when Patrick Viera was at City). All rubbing their hands in glee from the 2 year ban, £500mill lost revenue, titles stripped, relegation etc. How about the Etihad taken down brick by brick, maybe? Only Martin Samuels (take a bow, sir) has stuck his head above the parpet. (If fairness Utd have been quiet but they've got their own shit going on).
    What a feeding frenzy and don't let a good story get in the way of the truth. City fans being sidelined by accusations that we are conspiracy
    theorists and dismissing any inference of biase. I used to think I was paranoid but now I know I'm not.

    I know it must be time consuming but we need your site & tweets more than ever

    • February 17, 2020  5:39 pm by David Walker Reply

      A good take on some of the Usual Suspects - blimey we must have them by the busload by now - and we can only hope it's a case of he who laughs last (City) and not he who laughs loudest (Camel Face et al). Many thanks Stuart.

  23. February 17, 2020  3:54 pm by mark carrigher Reply

    absolute fantastic piece of writing well said sir

    • February 17, 2020  5:32 pm by David Walker Reply

      Very much appreciated - thank you.

  24. February 17, 2020  7:14 pm by Wheelchair Dave Reply

    Great article Dave. It’s unbelievable the amount of vitriol coming our way. Yet again I’ve been tipped out of my wheelchair by a bunch of rag ***** because of all this. The same thing happened years ago when I was holidaying in Salou with my elderly step-mother; that time it was into a swimming pool.

    It’ll be all the sweeter

    • February 17, 2020  8:17 pm by David Walker Reply

      It'll be sweet alright. We'll get a turbo fixed to your wheelchair and you can all the rag b@st@rds over and then reverse back just for good measure. Thanks for your comments fella.

  25. February 17, 2020  7:33 pm by Phil The Blue Reply

    My dearest wish is for City to win the CL final and trophy and at the final whistle walk off the pitch, leave the trophy on the plinth and come home.

    • February 17, 2020  8:15 pm by David Walker Reply

      You're far from alone with that thought process. Wouldn't it be hilarious?

  26. February 17, 2020  8:40 pm by john waddington Reply

    do you think it would be fairplay if city finish outside of top four this season and not give another team a place in champions league at our expense

  27. February 17, 2020  9:05 pm by Barry Whittaker Reply

    Brilliantly put, let’s just hope that Kkaldoon and company absolutely wipe the floor with the corrupt UEFA they are not fit for purpose. There will be mass resignations at UEFA once this is alll over.
    Absolute power leads to absolute corruption.
    Love to see city lift the trophy in Istanbul and rub their grubby noses in it.

    • February 17, 2020  9:12 pm by David Walker Reply

      If all goes to plan, there might not be much left of UEFA...which would be nice. Like many others I'd love to see City win the CL trophy, pick it up, trot over to the middle of the pitch, dump it on the centre circle spot and then Foxtrot Oscar. Thanks for your comment BW.

      • February 17, 2020  9:20 pm by Barry Whittaker Reply

        The only fair and balanced comments I’ve heard so far on the matter were this evening from Gary Neville on sky MNF and he thinks we will win the court rulings with no punishment. He speaks as an owner of Salford fc and says that without ownership putting money into a club there would never be any chance of progression, ie Leicester, Blackburn rovers etc winning the Premiership.

        • February 17, 2020  10:30 pm by David Walker Reply

          I've heard those comments. He seems an unlikely ally as we gear up for battle in the courts, but maybe he's more pragmatic than the rest of the muppets on Sky and can see what's coming. I also heard Sky will have to roll back on their 5th is 4th mantra once City have finished with UEFA. When City win it's widely predicted the share price of Kleenex tissues will tumble as prospective sales to the mass media, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich et al fail to materialise.

  28. February 17, 2020  10:18 pm by Barry Robinson Reply

    Dear David. Thank you for such an erudite overview of the whole FFP scenario. You articulate all points in a very clear comprehensible way that only reinforces why City fans should not be drawn in to rows with ill informed cerebrally challenged supporters of other clubs- ironically mostly from the aforementioned elite group that don’t wish City to be sat at their table.Anyway just to add to the point with regard to why PSG have been given a much easier ride of late people will be interested to know that their club’s president holds a seat o. the UEFA executive committee. Their president, Nasser al/ Khelaifi, is also a major executive at beIN Media Group, a broadcast company that is the biggest buyer of UEFA’s television rights- & they think we are the guilty party.!!!! As a City fan I am unwavering in my support and if we have 2 go down to the 3rd tier of English football- again, which I don’t think for one second we will, then I’ll still be there going to the shitty grounds as I have done before. Keep up your stunning work. Personally I think this will galvanise support & will be reminiscent of that Maine Road cohesion. CTID

    • February 17, 2020  10:35 pm by David Walker Reply

      Wonderful and informative feedback - thank you. I was aware of the presence of PSG's top man on UEFA's Executive Committee and of course, Qatar get on so well with the UAE don't they? As I said in the piece UEFA willfully ignore any conflict of interests when it comes to their Chief Corruptors in Crime. We'd best get the popcorn in and get a front row seat. It's going to be biblical. Thanks Barry.

  29. February 17, 2020  10:57 pm by Barry Robinson Reply

    Thanks David. I’m in it for the long haul- popcorn primed & let’s hope the appeal to CAS starts soon. Khaldoon is one heck of a. impressive character & UEFA really have misjudged the power & weight of the opponent. Let the games begin!

    • February 18, 2020  10:41 am by David Walker Reply

      The appeal needs to be lodged quickly with CAS. A swift and positive resolution in City's favour would be ideal, but it could potentially turn into a lengthy affair with court proceedings taking weeks, months, even years, depending on twists and turns. Ultimately City need total victory - no compromise. My understanding is that we could have settled for a UEFA offered compromise, avoiding a ban, but accepting some measure of guilt and culpability. I think Khaldoon & Co told them to shove it where the sun no longer shines.

  30. February 18, 2020  1:13 am by Phil The Blue Reply

    If it's of any interest I think tthis is the City lineup not including any "late substitutes": For MCFC:1)Mr Simon Cliff, General Counsel, City Football Group;2)Mr James Cranston, Head of Litigation, City Football Group;3)Mr Josh Blake, Trainee Solicitor, City Football Group;4)Mr Paul Harris QC, Barrister;5)Mr Jean-Cédric Michel, Counsel;6)Mr Massimiliano Maestretti, Counsel;7)Mr Rhodri Thomas, Counsel;8)Ms Natalie Sheehan, Counsel. A Google search on names reveals their "credentials".

    • February 18, 2020  10:31 am by David Walker Reply

      You mean to say we're going without even a false number 9? That'll throw UEFA off balance. Thanks for the info.

  31. February 18, 2020  5:47 am by nick p Reply

    or get to the final and send out the under 9's team

    • February 18, 2020  10:29 am by David Walker Reply

      But it'll be way past their bed time! Win it first and then stuff it up UEFA with some great symbolic gesture. Answers on a postcard to...

  32. February 19, 2020  12:49 am by TheBish Reply

    Lifelong BERT and financial expert David Conn who has written extensively on this topic (principally in The Guardian and the odd book) for a good 10 years has a very different view. Have you read his pieces? As far as I can gather he’s of the view that this isn’t really to do with substantive laws themselves but overriding judicial principles that essentially take precedence. His columns are very pessimistic about our chances and this is not somebody will an axe to grind as such or a journalist who gets that much “footfall” on his stories - he’s followed it closely

    • February 21, 2020  11:35 am by David Walker Reply

      I am well versed with David Conn's coverage of City since Sheikh Mansour's takeover in 2008. He purports to be a City fan but he seems to long for the away days of the 3rd tier of English football, rather than enjoy the more recent successes. From a writer who had the respect of many City fans - I've even bought one of his books in the past - he seems hellbent on undermining modern day City. His employers and most of the mainstream media - God help me if I'm sounding even remotely like Donald Trump and 'fake news' - appear to have a long held anti-City agenda. It seems to be culminating in a narrative where corrupt and rotten to the core, UEFA, are being portrayed as the good guys. I would differ on your assertion that David Conn does not have an axe to grind with the club. I don't know what possesses him, but I am diametrically opposed to his attacks on City.

  33. February 22, 2020  2:26 pm by stuart reed Reply

    Dave the AS Sterling interview was actually more interesting for what was NOT reported by British press -

    While City stars have dominated the PFA Team of the Year over recent campaigns, and Sterling himself has scooped the Young Player of the Year prize – as has team-mate Leroy Sane – the England forward still feels the club is not represented enough.
    "Especially in the last year where we have won the domestic quadruple including the league, to not have a player winning PFA Player of the Year kind of speaks for itself really," Sterling told AS.
    "The award was given to a Liverpool player [Virgil van Dijk] who had a fantastic season but I look at previous seasons as well when Yaya Toure scored 20 goals from midfield and he didn't win Player of the Year.
    "Also, Sergio Aguero has been at the club for more than seven years and has scored unbelievable goals during this time, yet none of City's players have won it.
    "It is impossible to win the league four times and none of the players were Player of the Year.
    "So, this year Liverpool win the league and a Liverpool player will win the Player of the Year for sure. We won the league four times and we were not treated with the same respect.
    "The first year we won the league [under Guardiola], Kevin De Bruyne was unbelievable and they gave it to another player [N'Golo Kante].
    "Every year we win a major trophy and it's given to an opposition player. It's that sort of thing that doesn't depend on us, but we keep going."

    So from Sterling's perhaps ill advised comments (prompted no doubt by leading questions), he then tells it like it is and so of course the GB press ignore it.
    And BTW Liverpool paying City £1million for hacked /stolen info has never even been mentioned once by the BBC

    • February 23, 2020  1:56 pm by David Walker Reply

      Good observations Stuart. Ironically we now have Jamie Redknapp saying KDB should be player of the year because of his performances and stats in a season when City will not win the PL. It's subjective because it's a democratic vote but it's incredible that Silva, Aguero, KDB, Sterling even Kompany has never been acclaimed by their fellow professionals. Odds on the awards will go to Dippers, but what the hell. I'd much rather City won trophies where you beat the opponent, rather than awards based on opinions.

  34. March 3, 2020  5:22 pm by Swaschand Reply

    Wow.This is my 1st read of yours and a brutally honest piece at that. I'm not a finance guy so that I really don't quite understand the ramifications of the allegations(yeah tat's all they ever will be) but as a pure football fan, I cannot digest the whole off-the-pitch politics of it all. First of all, the term "oil-money" is the most flamboyantly ignorant racist tagline anyone could use. I would know because I am en expatriate who has been in the UAE for several years and has seen first-hand the changes & development of this country. It would take a mere few keystrokes on google for anyone to see that Oil isn't the main contributor to UAE's GDP. Hence I have an emphatic lack of respect for anyone who blatantly brandishes MCFC as the recipient of such a source of funding. And I have faith in Shk Khaldoon and Skh Mansour to cleanse the club's name form the current allegations. To the true football fan and any neutral , the history that we(MCFC) are creating until now and for the years to come will be unabashed and unique. We are in the path to greatness and it is but natural that others may take offense to the proverbial "New Kid on the Block" , but like you suggest, I hope that karma is on our side to stick it up to our detractors. We are here to stay. Let's play some beautiful football and show the world what they were missing.CTWD.

    • April 2, 2020  4:43 pm by David Walker Reply

      Many thanks for your observations and feedback, it's much appreciated. Let's beat the Coronavirus and then see if karma comes knocking on UEFA's door via CAS.

  35. March 14, 2020  8:03 pm by stuartreed Reply

    sorry not on Twitter but perhaps you might enjoy this

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