During the last transfer window in January, Manchester City almost made an enormous splash by prying Brazilian star Kaka away from A.C. Milan for a whopping $150 million transfer fee. But the deal was called off with about a day left because Kaka just didn’t want to go live in Manchester.
We can’t really blame him. And given new evidence about the capability of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the brother of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to torture his friendly business partners, future stars who catch the eye of Manchester City’s management might just want to nod and steer clear of Northwest England.
In video from an ABC News report (after the jump and in it’s raw form right here), you can clearly see Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan hit the businessman in question with a wooden plank, pour salt into an open wound (literally, not figuratively), stick a cattle prod down under, set fire to his frank & beans, and run him over in a Mercedes SUV.
No, you can’t see all of it, but we promise, we’re not making any of it up. It’s all in the dual indictment (Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan against the thieving business partner, and vice versa). Of course, it’s good to be royalty, as the Sheik is getting off with little more than a slap on the wrist, and releasing the thief from his financial commitments.
The Abu Dhabi royal family has already publicly admitted that it is in fact Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the tape, but since he’s not technically a co-owner of Manchester City, the Premier League can’t do anything to site the club in wrongdoing.
Nevertheless, the torture episode is sure to slow Man City’s plans of global expansion of market share and notoriety, where it hopes to break into the lucrative merchandizing arena that’s currently dominated by crosstown rival Manchester United, along with Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid and, to a lesser extent, A.C. and Inter Milan.
One of the stops on that expansion was sure to be an American tour to build a following in North America, but something tells us Hillary Clinton and the state department won’t be too thrilled about welcoming in admitted terrorists on a money making expedition.