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    james19
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    Slightly off topic. Manchester City which is owned by Sheikh Mansour, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family and deputy president of the United Arab Emirate, accused by the U.N of ‘sportswashing’ its deeply tarnished image.
    I bring this up as a number of tweets on the party (@OfficialSPGB) Twitter account page, vociferously accused us of wanting to be a small elite……He’s made a Freudian slip, as you can’t get much smaller than the UAE, run by a family dynasty! But the tweeter obviously is not interested, anything to fit his agenda, having a myopic view of the world.

    Today the news of missing family member.
    Princess Latifa: ‘Hostage’ ordeal of Dubai ruler’s daughter revealed https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56075528

    Princess Latifa: ‘I’m a hostage’ – Secret videos of missing Dubai royal released to Sky News

    https://news.sky.com/story/princess-latifa-im-a-hostage-secret-videos-of-missing-dubai-royal-released-to-sky-news-12219959

    Amnesty International have previously been critical of the Manchester City owners’ human rights record

    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/manchester-city-owners-amnesty-international-der-spiegel-accused-uefa-ffp-sponsors-a8627741.html

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    rodshaw
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    With Man City top of the Premier League by some distance, their ardent fans probably don’t care that much about a dodgy owner. Love is blind.

    #213979
    james19
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    rodshaw

    Manchester City’s owner Sheikh Mansour, who is a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, who has been accused by Amnesty International of ‘sportswashing’ its Human Rights abuses. Abu Dhabi are to carrying out the sentence that was imposed on a then child, who is now a man, the death penalty. Shouldn’t there be an * when Manchester City win the Premier League?
    Now this! Abu Dhabi is nothing more than a family thiefdom

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    #213983
    james19
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    Princess Latifa: UK under pressure to act over allegations against Dubai’s ruler

    For a long time the UK has seemed prepared to play down the disturbing allegations against its close ally, Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

    https://news.sky.com/story/princess-latifa-uk-under-pressure-to-act-over-allegations-against-dubais-ruler-12220358

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    alanjjohnstone
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    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/31/football-teams-retain-home-advantage-no-crowd-study

    “I was always convinced that me being at the games and supporting the team, at least changed something, sometimes. But what can you do? It is science and the large data set of more than 40,000 games, which were considered for the study, cannot be ignored. Social support does not seem to be a key factor for the home field advantage.”

    Under normal circumstances home teams receive fewer disciplinary sanctions and are able to create more offensive actions compared with away teams. But, in line with previous research, the authors found the difference in disciplinary sanctions disappeared – or was even slightly reversed – when the crowd was absent,

    “If a team asked me what to do to gain an advantage, I would need to tell them to put as much social pressure on the referee as possible. The problem is that that’s not fair play, so I don’t really want to say that – although I think it’s true and that’s what’s in this study,” said the lead author, Fabian Wunderlich of German Sport University Cologne,

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