Akram: UK Government Off Message?
The beleaguered British Government's Home Office have rejected MCFC's appeal for Iraq's Nashat Akram to be granted a work permit...so why's that then?
The reasons have not been revealed. I'm far from a political expert, but I'd be interested to know what the White House would make of that decision.
Hardly hands across the water olive branch stuff to the Iraqi people is it? For years we've been drip fed the sentiment that a worldwide recognised democracy is being built in Iraq and we all stand together for the future etc.
You would have thought that the publicity that could have been afforded to the first Iraqi Footballer playing in the English Premier League would have been fanfared far and wide by Gordon Brown's hapless administration and indeed President Bush's people as a sign of progress.
Apparantly that's not the case and for City to take a delegation to London on appeal, led by the astute Sven-Goran Eriksson, then it's obvious the lad had something about him.
Svennis commented via mcfc.co.uk: 'This is a big blow and a great disappointment to us. I have huge sympathy for Nashat. He is a very good footballer with an excellent international pedigree.
He has now returned to the Middle East and we will keep in touch with him. He is somebody who we will maintain an interest in for the long term.'