Jurgen Klopp files legal action after being accused of ‘xenophobic’ comments about City
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has reportedly taken legal action after being accused of making “xenophobic” remarks towards Manchester City and its owners.
The 55-year-old sparked debate after he suggested that “nobody can compete with Man City [in the transfer window]” due to the nature of their ownership, namely the financial support of Sheikh Mansour and the Abu Dhabi United Group.
Senior officials from Town They are said to have been deeply unhappy with his comments, calling them “borderline xenophobic”, which Klopp has since said couldn’t be further from his character.
As you can see in the clip above, Klopp insists that this type of allegation is “miles away from [his] personality” and would “hate” himself if that were the case, arguing instead that it was a simple misinterpretation and not the first time his comments had been lost in translation.
Now, however, according The telegraphthe German manager is said to have taken legal action following the response from City Football Group (CFG) staff, although the outlet provided a bit more detail on the details of each party’s claims and counterclaims.
Speaking ahead of their 1-0 win over the premier league champions on Sunday, he went on to claim City were able to add the best striker on the market in Erling Haaland to their already world-class and very expensive squad of players “no matter what it costs”.
He also went on to suggest that there are ‘only three clubs in world football who can do whatever they want’: City, PSG and Newcastle – all of which are operated by commercial groups from the Gulf countries .
In the case of Newcastle, being rebuilt after a multi-billion dollar investment, their new owners acquired the club with money from Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund: a set of sovereign wealth levied directly on the State. We are talking here about the power of the economy of an entire country.
PSG’s setup is similar, with the club operated by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), a group owned by Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir (ruler) of Qatar. The city also belongs to the Arab royalty of Sheikh Mansour.
While Klopp made the same comments regarding City’s immense wealth, many were quick to point out that his Liverpool side ultimately won the league after paying then save the fee for players like defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson. They didn’t exactly fight for the money themselves.
Admitting after his early comments that people like City wouldn’t appreciate his opinion, Klopp has since reiterated: “I’m not sure we have to be best friends with other clubs. I’m not sure anyone wants to be the best friend with us.
However, if he thinks his team has lost some trophies “because [they] can’t act like [City]in the transfer market, Liverpool still have the fifth most expensive team in the worldnot to mention the league, valued at around £669million.
Liverpool, however, lost to City in this year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony, with Pep’s side winning the Club of the Year award while Klopp’s men came second ahead of La Liga winners and European champions Real Madrid. Nonetheless, they still managed a domestic cup double last season.
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