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Time For City Supporters To Show Their Loyalty



Manchester City fans are reknowned for their loyalty and their support for their team and in my view are largely straightforward types with a good sense of right and wrong. They are not glory seekers or ego maniacs that like to associate themselves with success, irrespective of location or real affinity.

Now is the time for these qualities to come to the fore and for them to show their support for the 'good guys' in the sad chapter of Tevezgate.

Let us look at the facts. On the one hand we have someone from the slums of Buenos Aires who is a fabulous footballer but perhaps isn't the sharpest knife in the box either intellectually or emotionally and whose moral compass has proven many times to be called into question. He gets into bed with an Iranian businessman whose moral compass appears to be even more questionable and has little qualms in twisting facts to suit his own purposes and his own bank balance.

The result a career of iffy deals and controversy at West Ham, Man Utd and now at City. The trend and the facts are there for all to see and result in the aforesaid great footballer being paid a kings ransom to lead a pampered life and not being able to focus on anything but his own whims and not being able to contribute to the wider world outside his immediate self focus.

He either can't or won't learn English after seven years in the country, he finds it hard to use his fame and fortune to engage in things that would bring help to those less fortunate, even though he clearly get bored with any other pursuit than football and his family, although on that score his moral compass also has a history of wobbles. He is thus never satisfied and is a rather incomplete human being who is paid some 250,000 a week and had not the slighest bit of loyalty to the club and the fans that pay such wages.

On the other hand we have Sheikh Manour and Roberto Mancini who at this time need the resounding backing of all loyal Man City fans and of all fair minded football fans who do not wish to see the great game of football treated with such disrepect by self serving superstars and their infamous agents.

The Sheikh has invested countless millions not only into City as a team on the pitch but into the greater community of Manchester. He has always acted in an exemplary way and has not courted the personal limelight or had the need to get involved in football from a business or personal standpoint. However, he does want his investment to result in success which does involve playing by the current rules of the game. This means paying star footballers over inflated wages, having his people deal with the egos of these over pampered stars and also having to deal with the questionable ethics of many of the people who set themselves up to deal with the superstar contracts and demand over inflated prices from the clubs for 'milking' them in the first place.

This regrettably is the reality of top class football and becomes all too apparent when there is no self restraint or moral control exercised by examples such as Tevez and some football agents.

The Sheikh deserves far better than this and we as fans need to be vocal in our unwavering support for him and for his football manager Roberto Mancini.

The latter is an established and successful manager whose job is to use his experience and his instinct to select a team and determine the team's tactics. Once this authority is either shared with club owners or with club superstars then the job has no authority and no future. Mancini had guided City into the Champions League and to FA Cup success but as last night showed there is still a long way to go before Champions League success is to be earned. City are not yet the finished article but he has got them moving in the right direction and has had the strength to get rid of players who place their own requirements before that of the club, the team and of the manager.

Roberto Mancini also deserves better than the way he has been treated by Tevez and his coterie. We are now told that Tevez did not refuse to play, even though Pablo Zabaleta was next to him to translate if necessary. Could this be another manipulation of the facts engineered by someone other than Tevez whose level of articulate English does not seem to be capable of the erudite statement apparently emenating from him?

It is a time for City fans to unite behind the Sheikh, the manager and the players that do appear to have a far straighter moral compass than Mr Tevez such as Kompany, Hart, Silva, Barry, Milner, Richards and many of the rest. Let Tevezgate be a turning point in ensuring that pampered stars never again are tolerated when they act in the totally unacceptable way shown by Carlos Tevez last night and his agent this morning. Both are leading football in a direction that most fair minded people and most City supporters find unacceptable.

Tevez and his coterie need to be villified by all in football and all that support the ethics of a fair and acceptable society. Equally we need to voice our support for the Sheikh and with Roberto Mancini...for both, like us loyal and fair minded football fans, deserve far better.

The greater tragedy for Man City and for football will be if the bad guys are not sent packing and the good guys are not supported to the hilt.



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Date:Wednesday September 28 2011

Time: 2:05PM

Your Comments

A brilliant piece. I doff my cap to you sir.
Bluedub
A brilliant piece. I doff my cap to you sir.
Bluedub
I have always been a staunch supporter of Roberto Mancini and what he brings to this club - and that isn't about to change because of the actions of one deluded, egotistical little narcicisst of a player. I really hoped Tevez would be gone once he handed in his transfer request, hopefully now everyone can see why I felt that way. Good riddance to bad rubbish and onwards and upwards with Mancini and ManCity!
fifthcolumnblue
I have always been a staunch supporter of Roberto Mancini and what he brings to this club - and that isn't about to change because of the actions of one deluded, egotistical little narcicisst of a player. I really hoped Tevez would be gone once he handed in his transfer request, hopefully now everyone can see why I felt that way. Good riddance to bad rubbish and onwards and upwards with Mancini and ManCity!
fifthcolumnblue
Didn't we once have a player called Tevez?
jackblue
Didn't we once have a player called Tevez?
jackblue
I totally agree, your fans and club don't deserve such treatment. Although as an outsider i dont buy into Sheikh Mansour acting in an "exemplorary way and avoiding the limelight" If he wasnt after the limelight why else would he spend 1billion on a northern english football side. Money by the way which should be spent on his country not creamed off his countrys vast oil wealth and spent how his highness deems fit. Just a thought.
HuddersfieldYiddo
I totally agree, your fans and club don't deserve such treatment. Although as an outsider i dont buy into Sheikh Mansour acting in an "exemplorary way and avoiding the limelight" If he wasnt after the limelight why else would he spend 1billion on a northern english football side. Money by the way which should be spent on his country not creamed off his countrys vast oil wealth and spent how his highness deems fit. Just a thought.
HuddersfieldYiddo
HuddYid - if I may, the oil wells are drying up, not anytime soon mind you but eventually they will. As a result of this Abu Dhabi United Group have invested and will continue to invest in Western business ventures, this will open up links both culturally and financially with the Western world which in the long term will be necessary when their primary source of income is exhausted. The investment in Man City is just one of many investments ADUG have made that will in time prove beneficial for the people of Abu Dhabi. Hope that helps.
Bluedub
HuddYid - if I may, the oil wells are drying up, not anytime soon mind you but eventually they will. As a result of this Abu Dhabi United Group have invested and will continue to invest in Western business ventures, this will open up links both culturally and financially with the Western world which in the long term will be necessary when their primary source of income is exhausted. The investment in Man City is just one of many investments ADUG have made that will in time prove beneficial for the people of Abu Dhabi. Hope that helps.
Bluedub
Totally despicable act by tevez, he should be frozen out of all first team activities pending when he's sold off!
MidasTouchJay
Totally despicable act by tevez, he should be frozen out of all first team activities pending when he's sold off!
MidasTouchJay
Bizarre-You have the biggest collection of mercenaries this side of Colonel Gaddafi, at a club bought with petro-dollars as a plaything, and yet it is the supporters who are asked to show loyalty. Is that the same loyalty that 'good guys' Milner and Barry showed Villa when the cheques were waved in their faces. Tevez is an undisputed oik, but he is only an extreme example of the amorality that pervades football in general, and your club in particular.
lordjohnny
Bizarre-You have the biggest collection of mercenaries this side of Colonel Gaddafi, at a club bought with petro-dollars as a plaything, and yet it is the supporters who are asked to show loyalty. Is that the same loyalty that 'good guys' Milner and Barry showed Villa when the cheques were waved in their faces. Tevez is an undisputed oik, but he is only an extreme example of the amorality that pervades football in general, and your club in particular.
lordjohnny
Define a mercenary for me, because if it is the will to move clubs for better money than probably 99% of Premier League footballers are mercenaries. Even homegrown players like Daniel Sturridge are pulled away now as he left us for Chelsea for bigger money. And yet we may have one of the best example of a non-mercenary, as Micah Richards resisted big money moves to Chelsea and Arsenal when we were pennyless.
StuMCFC
Define a mercenary for me, because if it is the will to move clubs for better money than probably 99% of Premier League footballers are mercenaries. Even homegrown players like Daniel Sturridge are pulled away now as he left us for Chelsea for bigger money. And yet we may have one of the best example of a non-mercenary, as Micah Richards resisted big money moves to Chelsea and Arsenal when we were pennyless.
StuMCFC
Bluedub if their quest is a moral one, to benefit the "People of Abu Dhabi" in the long run - then why haven't they started a process of democracy in the country, with constitutional reform. Hell even a constitutional monarchy like ours in the UK. I think you're being naive if you believe what you just wrote mate.
OhNoGaryDoherty
Bluedub if their quest is a moral one, to benefit the "People of Abu Dhabi" in the long run - then why haven't they started a process of democracy in the country, with constitutional reform. Hell even a constitutional monarchy like ours in the UK. I think you're being naive if you believe what you just wrote mate.
OhNoGaryDoherty
Who knows mate maybe they will in time, this investment opens cultural links so perhaps if they see fit this may be a route they take in government in the future. I don't want to get into a debate about the moral values in different styles of governance but I will say that our system in the western world is far from perfect or squeaky clean.
Bluedub
Who knows mate maybe they will in time, this investment opens cultural links so perhaps if they see fit this may be a route they take in government in the future. I don't want to get into a debate about the moral values in different styles of governance but I will say that our system in the western world is far from perfect or squeaky clean.
Bluedub
Bluedub-You are undoubtedly the apotheosis of the modern day football fan. So long as your club's OK, who gives a **** where the money comes from. By the way, five pro-democracy activists are currently on trial in your oil-rich owners country. Hey ho, who cares, so long as they build a community centre in Moss Side.
lordjohnny
Bluedub-You are undoubtedly the apotheosis of the modern day football fan. So long as your club's OK, who gives a **** where the money comes from. By the way, five pro-democracy activists are currently on trial in your oil-rich owners country. Hey ho, who cares, so long as they build a community centre in Moss Side.
lordjohnny
I'm aware of that trial LJ. Like I said it's not something I want to get into a debate about on a football forum.
Bluedub
I'm aware of that trial LJ. Like I said it's not something I want to get into a debate about on a football forum.
Bluedub
Good article, I don't think anyone would buy Tevez's heavily scripted official comments today compared to what we saw happen yesterday. Good luck to you City, I hope you resolve the Tevez situation quickly and move on to better things!
donfulham
Good article, I don't think anyone would buy Tevez's heavily scripted official comments today compared to what we saw happen yesterday. Good luck to you City, I hope you resolve the Tevez situation quickly and move on to better things!
donfulham
Yeah-Let's keep politics out of football. The moron's mantra. As I said previously, football stinks the place out, which is why so many scumbags involve themselves in the so-called beautiful game. They all deserve each other, and, if you contribute financially, more fool you. Or, just stick your head in the sand, appositely.
lordjohnny
Yeah-Let's keep politics out of football. The moron's mantra. As I said previously, football stinks the place out, which is why so many scumbags involve themselves in the so-called beautiful game. They all deserve each other, and, if you contribute financially, more fool you. Or, just stick your head in the sand, appositely.
lordjohnny
Ok LJ whatever keeps you warm at night love. You're on here all day posting on a football forum about how much you despise football, who's the moron?
Bluedub
Ok LJ whatever keeps you warm at night love. You're on here all day posting on a football forum about how much you despise football, who's the moron?
Bluedub
Don't patronise me with your northern (un)affectations. I despise the way the game is heading, thanks to unfettered commercialisation, irrespective of source.
lordjohnny
Don't patronise me with your northern (un)affectations. I despise the way the game is heading, thanks to unfettered commercialisation, irrespective of source.
lordjohnny
It's been heading that way for over 20 years now, when did you start watching?
Bluedub
It's been heading that way for over 20 years now, when did you start watching?
Bluedub
Jesus, johnny. I know Spurs have had a crap start to the season but give us a break. It's not as if Tottenham haven't spent a few bob down the years is it?
Johnny Baguette
Jesus, johnny. I know Spurs have had a crap start to the season but give us a break. It's not as if Tottenham haven't spent a few bob down the years is it?
Johnny Baguette
Patronise with his "Northern affectations? Sorry LJ, but for all you try to talk sense, that comment just brands you as a snob at best, a closet racist at worst. The days of branding peopl;e either Northern or Southern are disappearing pretty fast - but what would I know, I'm a non-British immigrant that has lived in both the North and South of this country. P.S. Have to say I prefer the north, the people down South remind me of the consumerist right-wing excess that I fled many years ago. P.P.S. Have you never considered that Bluedub might actually be a Westerner rather than a Northerner? Or did you not realise that Dub stood for Dublin? P.P.S. manchester City are following a well trodden path down the commercial road, we however haven't benefitted from the decades of wealth that buys PR, marketing, journalists and a global fan-base. Hence everyone blames us for ruining football. But it was ruined a long time before we joined the party, so spare me the lecture. An intelligent person like yourself should be above falling for media hysteria.
fifthcolumnblue
Patronise with his "Northern affectations? Sorry LJ, but for all you try to talk sense, that comment just brands you as a snob at best, a closet racist at worst. The days of branding peopl;e either Northern or Southern are disappearing pretty fast - but what would I know, I'm a non-British immigrant that has lived in both the North and South of this country. P.S. Have to say I prefer the north, the people down South remind me of the consumerist right-wing excess that I fled many years ago. P.P.S. Have you never considered that Bluedub might actually be a Westerner rather than a Northerner? Or did you not realise that Dub stood for Dublin? P.P.S. manchester City are following a well trodden path down the commercial road, we however haven't benefitted from the decades of wealth that buys PR, marketing, journalists and a global fan-base. Hence everyone blames us for ruining football. But it was ruined a long time before we joined the party, so spare me the lecture. An intelligent person like yourself should be above falling for media hysteria.
fifthcolumnblue
Donfulham - thanks for the comments and wishing you a positive and enjoyable season. One thing I would love is if the genuine football supporters of all clubs raised up as one to protest about players and agents that are making a mockery of our great game. I know it will never happen because people can never bury their allegiences and will always accuse or attack each others teams However it is an idealistic dream that when obvious examples happen of behaviour that is clearly detrimental to our great game then the bad guys are condemned and the good guys are supported across all grounds by genuine supporters. Told you I was idealitic!!!
Wswilly3
Donfulham - thanks for the comments and wishing you a positive and enjoyable season. One thing I would love is if the genuine football supporters of all clubs raised up as one to protest about players and agents that are making a mockery of our great game. I know it will never happen because people can never bury their allegiences and will always accuse or attack each others teams However it is an idealistic dream that when obvious examples happen of behaviour that is clearly detrimental to our great game then the bad guys are condemned and the good guys are supported across all grounds by genuine supporters. Told you I was idealitic!!!
Wswilly3
lordjohnny - your best bet would have been to quit after certain clubs (not us!) forced the creation of the Premier League. From that moment on it seemed to go from a working man's game to a money machine.
StuMCFC
lordjohnny - your best bet would have been to quit after certain clubs (not us!) forced the creation of the Premier League. From that moment on it seemed to go from a working man's game to a money machine.
StuMCFC
I'm tired of listening to people trying to make excuses for players that should be hated. We need to have more respect for ourselves than that. I think this will galvanise us. Mancini ain't taking any more and neither should we.
SkyBlueSuedeShoes
I'm tired of listening to people trying to make excuses for players that should be hated. We need to have more respect for ourselves than that. I think this will galvanise us. Mancini ain't taking any more and neither should we.
SkyBlueSuedeShoes
 

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