Manchester City fans have responded to West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady’s criticism of the club’s activity in the summer transfer window via HITC Sport.
In her football diary in The Sun, West Ham vice-chairman Brady has used an old phrase from former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Lord Sugar to describe the big spending of City over the past few weeks.
“Combing through the Premier League summer transfer dealings today, it becomes clear that to top English clubs Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rulings are about as relevant as discarded chip cartons,” the 46-year-old West Ham official wrote in her football diary in The Sun (Friday, September 4 entry - quotes taken from The Sun’s iPad edition, Saturday, September 5, 2015).
“Not so long ago, Man City were told to pay £50million for unacceptable book-keeping. After a rules amendment friendly to zillionaires, Sheikh Mansour can spend what oil-well earnings he likes - and did so in huge transfers, plus skyscraper wages.
“What was it Lord Sugar said about the prune-juice effect?”
City made a number of big signings in the summer transfer window in order to strengthen the squad and reclaim the Premier League title this season.
England international winger Raheem Sterling arrived from Liverpool, England international midfielder Fabian Delph joined from Aston Villa and 18-year-old attacker Patrick Roberts moved from Fulham.
Defender Nicolas Otamendi was recruited from Valencia, while former Chelsea attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne came from Wolfsburg.
As for De Bruyne, BBC Sport claims that City had to pay a club-record £55m for his services.
City fans have responded to Brady’s comments via HITC Sport. Below are some of the best comments:
Jack Millington: “Brady has a cheek considering the amount of housing benefit WHU are getting off the tax payer.”
Prestwich_Blue: “It's a bit embarrassing that the CEO of a Premier League club doesn't seem to understand FFP. The rule amendment to introduce Annex XII (which allows clubs to breach FFP by agreement with UEFA) has no relevance to City for two reasons.
“The first is that they're barred from using it, having been subject to FFP sanctions in the previous three years. The other is that they are unlikely to be in breach of FFP again, with increased ticket income, commercial income and media income from the CL & (from 2016/17) the PL.
“Funnily enough, in 2 weeks time, Ms Brady will be the guest of Manchester City when West Ham visit The Etihad. I hope they tell her that her presence won't be welcome after her disrespectful remarks but sadly I suspect they won’t.”
kevin mole: “how many players did west ham buy, Karen? jealousy will get you nowhere.”
vince: “I was going to say something but you have all said it for me except for one thing "Karren Brady YOU R FIRED!”
Blue Mancunian: “Well perhaps the next time that Karen Brady drinks a glass of expensive champagne, or buys a pair of leather shoes that most women can only dream about because they haven't got the money, maybe she'll rethink this.
"It's great supporting a club who have no money problems, a state that all football supporters wish their team had. Someone has to be the richest club in the world and we're lucky that it's us.
"But our owners do everything with taste and thought and NEVER rub it in the noses of those less fortunate and these massive amounts of money we are spending are benefiting other clubs like Liverpool and Wolfsburg. It's not our problem how they spend their new wealth.”