Tag:Manchester United
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 12:27 pm

Man City chief exec resigns after e-mail flap


By Evan Brunell

Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook resigned his position following revelations he mocked a player's cancer-afflicted mother.

Man City, who is one of England's best football (known as soccer in America) teams, is currently embroiled in a contract dispute with defender Nedum Onuoha. The 24-year-old's mother acts as Onuoha's agent, but she is currently battling cancer. In an e-mail to Cook, the mother, Dr. Anthonia Onuoha, assured Cook that, despite being "ravaged with cancer," she would continue to serve as her son's agent.

Cook then fired back a response, apparently intended for the team's administrator, Brian Marwood. In it, he poked fun at Dr. Onuoha.

"Ravaged with it!!...I don't know how you sleep at night. You used to be such a nice man when I worked with you at Nike. G," the message reportedly reads in part, according to the BBC.

Upon seeing the e-mail. Dr. Onuoha told the Sun that "the worst day of my life, even worse than being diagnosed with cancer."

Cook denied sending the e-mail, saying his account was hacked. He later apologized to Dr. Onuoha, confirming the e-mail had never made it to Marwood, and that an employee was being disciplined. However, after Man City found "foundation" to the allegations that Cook sent the e-mail, he resigned.

Dr. Onuoha explained further her reaction to seeing the e-mail:
"When I opened my emails and saw the message, it was the worst day of my life, even worse than being diagnosed with cancer."

"I couldn't understand how anybody could behave like that. I just cried and cried for hours. I'm critically ill and at that point I was undergoing chemotherapy.

"I was just so shocked but I couldn't tell Nedum or any of my family because I didn't know how they would react."

Dr Onuoha said she replied to Cook the following day, writing: "Thanks very much for your insightful email."

She told the Sun: "The illness I have is very stressful, I'm having chemotherapy and radiotherapy, including having radiotherapy on my brain and this year has been traumatic. I didn't want anybody adding to my stress but that is what they've done.

"The feeling of humiliation still persists. Now I just want the FA and the Premier League to see what's happened and to take the appropriate action. Treating people like this is completely abominable."

Posted on: August 29, 2011 2:29 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 2:31 pm

Arsenal offers fans refunds in wake of 8-2 loss

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

There's embarrassment, there's humiliation, and then somewhere far beyond either of those things there's whatever you want to call what Arsenal suffered against Manchester United Sunday. What had been one of the Premier League's most hotly contested rivalries in recent years devolved into a shocking mismatch as the Gunners conceded eight goals in a single league game for the first time in 115 years. (That's right: 115 years.)

But at least the club is doing what it can to help ease the pain of the unfortunate supporters who made the trip up from North London only to watch their team sink to its lowest point in years--they're offering them a refund.

As the club has posted on its website:
Arsenal Football Club has announced it will be writing to fans who travelled to Old Trafford on Sunday with an offer to cover the cost of a match ticket at a future Barclays Premier League away game.

A Club statement issued today said: "Sunday's result was obviously disappointing for everyone connected with the Club. Our travelling fans were magnificent throughout and we want to recognise their fantastic support. We will be writing to them shortly with the details."
How much a refund would actually help after a result like Sunday's, we're not sure, particularly since the issues afflicting the Gunners -- a plague of injuries, the sale of several star players without the purchase of replacements, a lack of anything resembling defensive grit in the backline -- have already been simmering all summer, without any solutions yet in sight. But at least the club is trying, which is more than we can say for some American franchises we know.

For video of the Red Devils' eight-goal splurge -- and we do most definitely recommend checking out Ashley Young's precision strike to put United up 2-0 -- click below:

HT: SBNation.
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