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Khaldoon Al Mubarak breaks silence on Man City joining the Super League

Manchester City ‘s Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has apologised to the club’s fans over their involvement in the European Super League.

City were one of six Premier League sides to sign up to the ill-fated competition, along with Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

They were joined by Serie A giants Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan and La Liga clubs Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

However, the plans were met with major backlash from fans, pundits and even the players involved, resulting in nine of the 12 clubs withdrawing, with only Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid remaining.

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Al Mubarak has now issued an apology to supporters, telling City’s official website : “I want to start with apologising to the fans.

Khaldoon Al Mubarak has issued an apology for Manchester City's involvement in the European Super League
Khaldoon Al Mubarak has issued an apology for Manchester City’s involvement in the European Super League

“I owe it. It was a mistake. I think in hindsight, the decision should have been from the beginning: a decision not to participate in this league.

“I absolutely regret it. The benefit of hindsight is easy right now. I regret it and you can see it: our reluctance.

“It was very difficult. It was not an easy decision to say ‘yes, no’ and ‘we’re in’ or ‘we’re out.’

“I think you can see in terms of the timing of when we actually did commit, it tells you a lot in terms of how challenging a decision it was and how much we struggled with that decision.

“But you can also see that once we recognise there was a mistake, that’s it. We needed to go out immediately. I’m not going to sit here and defend the reason why we did it.

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“What I will do is: I will own it. I took a decision ultimately on this and I take full responsibility, and it was a mistake.”

City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano has previously apologised for the club’s involvement, saying: “As you know, Manchester City has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League.

City's chief executive Ferran Sorriano has previously apologised
City’s chief executive Ferran Sorriano has previously apologised

“As always, when we make choices and decisions, we do so with the best interests of the club in mind and we believed that being part of such an initiative could give us a voice that might be imperative to our future ability to succeed and grow.

“However, in making that choice we failed to remind ourselves of the unbreakable link between the passion of our fans and the right to have the opportunity to earn success.

“It is a truth that is fundamental to the DNA of Manchester City, and the board deeply regrets taking a decision that lost sight of the historic values of the club.

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“We made a mistake and we sincerely apologise to our fans for the disappointment, frustration and anguish caused by the last 72 hours.

“The owners, chairman, board and staff are completely committed to ensuring that the club continues to contribute meaningfully to the ongoing well-being of both the English and European football pyramids and their associated competitions.

“We will embrace the opportunity to earn back the full trust of our stakeholders and the football family in general.”

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