James Dorsey’s Column: Soccer Investments’ Reputational Risk Catches Up With UAE

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The reputational risk associated with autocratic investment in high-profile soccer clubs threatened to catch up with the UAE as a powerful coalition of political and civic leaders in Manchester demanded that the Gulf country releases political prisoners, investigate allegations of torture and respect human rights. The leaders, who include members of parliament and Manchester’s city … Read more

Arsenal Target Omar Abdulrahman – Scout Report

It is has been a quiet summer at Arsenal, even by Arsene Wenger’s patient standards, the sole signing of French youth international Yaya Sanogo has been an extremely sedate approach to this season’s transfer market. It hasn’t been enough to placate the fans who were expecting a spending spree as the long-awaited sponsorship money trickled … Read more

UAE Exploits Soccer To Counter Charges Of Human Rights Abuse

The recent sentencing in the United Arab Emirates of scores of dissidents on charges of plotting to overthrow the government and UAE support for the military coup that ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has sparked assertions that the country is using its acquisition of Manchester City and a franchise to establish a New York-based Major … Read more