Khaldoon Al Mubarak apologizes to Manchester City supporters over decision to join disastrous European Super League as chairman insists club will remain ‘disruptive’ to remain elite
- Khaldoon Al Mubarak apologizes for City’s role in European Super League
- Man City joined 11 other European rebel clubs in the leading group
- However, the Premier League champions withdrew just 48 hours later
- City president Al Mubarak apologized to fans for his decision to join the ESL
- He insists he will remain ‘disruptive’ to keep City at the top
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has apologized for his decision to join the failed European Super League, but warned the club will remain “disruptive” to stay with the elite.
City had a troubled relationship with UEFA even before signing up for the lead after being charged twice by the European governing body for violating Financial Fair Play rules.
Khaldoon admitted he regrets being part of the ESL plot, but admitted he will do whatever it takes to keep City at the top in the future.
Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has apologized for the club’s decision to join ESL
“We will continue to give our very best in everything we do because we want to be the best club in the world,” he said.
‘For that we have to disrupt – and we will do that. By being disruptive, you sometimes make mistakes. We made them in the past and we will make them in the future.
“We will be better and we will be stronger and we will be more successful.
“From where we were 12 years ago to where we are now, we couldn’t do what we’ve done without taking risks. To get to where we are, we’ve done a lot of things right and made mistakes.
City joined 11 other European rebels in the disastrous European Super League in April
However, after anger from fans, the club withdrew from the breakaway competition 48 hours later later
“Our ability to compete in that top class is clear and we will be competitive and aggressive.”
Khaldoon alluded to the dilemma City faced over the ESL fiasco when he apologized for the club’s involvement.
“I’m not going to sit here and defend the reason we did it,” he added.
“I finally made a decision about this and I take full responsibility – it was a mistake.
City president insists club will remain ‘disruptive’ to stay on top of football
“The timing of when we actually committed says a lot about how challenging a decision was and how much we struggled with that decision.
‘I’m sorry and you can see it – our reluctance. We heard the fans, we heard the football community speak and we acted.”
Meanwhile, a 42-year-old City fan has been fined £500 and banned from football for three years for making racist gestures to Manchester United players Jesse Lingard and Fred in last season’s Etihad derby.