Manchester City backers are not the sort to take Uefa’s punishment lying down | Jonathan Liew

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There is resentment among City fans about their treatment and word is that Abu Dhabi will be fighting back against Uefa

In 2011 Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the emir of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, received a letter. It came from a group of Emirati intellectuals inspired by the recent wave of pro-democracy protests sweeping through the Middle East and north Africa, and requested a range of modest reforms, including an extension of the voting franchise which at the time encompassed just 2% of the country’s population.

No marching on the streets. No popular unrest. Certainly no disorder of any kind. Just a letter. Nonetheless, with a regime petrified to the point of paranoia by the spectre of political Islamism, the reprisals would be swift and merciless.

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Written by Jonathan Liew
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Manchester City backers are not the sort to take Uefa’s punishment lying down | Jonathan Liew

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