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MP questions Shinawatra takeover

Thanks to Ed for the link on this story.

It seems that the subject of our takeover (and Dr. Shinawatra in general) has made parliament.

The right honourable David Taylor MP (Leicester NW) has waded into the issue, asking the Sports Minister Richard Caborn:

"The Stevens inquiry into corruption has shrunk to
investigating just 17 transfer deals whilst wide concerns about the
vulnerability of clubs to takeover by international moguls and politicians
remain unaddressed.
"Will you say what protections, for instance, the
Manchester City supporters have against the attentions of the unsavoury Thaksin
Shinawatra or is it forever the fate of football fans to be fleeced by flaky
foreign financiers?"


Caborn replied to Taylor that he wanted to avoid the top flight becoming "a billionaire's playground" and intended to meet the football bodies.

As Ed pointed out, quite what the issue of a takeover of a football club based in Manchester has to do with an MP responsible for Leicester NW is anyone's guess, and by associating the 'unsavoury' Shinawatra with the phrase 'flaky foreign financier' is a little rich perhaps considering that Leicester City (his local club) have in recent times been taken over by Milan Mandaric.

Whatever the outcome of Shinawatra's tenure at the club, if not for nothing it is certainly set to be an interesting time, and undoubtedly will command a high media profile.