Man United, Man City & Saudi Arabia
Global economics and politics have coincided with Premier League football rivalries on Tuesday.
The issue centres on the how Manchester United and Manchester City are engaging with Saudi Arabia.
On Tuesday, the Future Investment Initiative 2018 summit kicked off in Saudi Arabia.
Of course, the investment conference has been shrouded in controversy in the wake of the Jamal Khashoggi killing in Turkey.
The Glazers pull out, Khaldoon Al Mubarak speaks
Some on social media are comparing how Man United and Man City have engaged with the Future Investment summit.
Earlier in the week it was confirmed that Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, decided to snub the event. As reported on the BBC:
Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer has pulled out of an investment forum in Saudi Arabia next week.
It is understood Glazer took the decision amid the fallout from the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
At the same time rumours have circled that Man United could be subject to a takeover bid from Saudi Arabia.
However the Guardian have claimed such takeover claims are wide of the mark.
By contrast, Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has attended the conference in the kingdom.
Moreover, Man City’s Al Mubarak was a speaker at the event.
Social media reaction
After #Khashoggi killing, was considerable scrutiny and coverage in the UK before Man United co-owner Avram Glazer withdrew from a conference that’s the brainchild of the Saudi crown prince.
But Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is attending & spoke today in Riyadh https://t.co/RHNrwNvFhe
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) October 23, 2018
It seems that the chairman of Manchester City had no problems attending Mohammad Bin Salman’s “Davos in the Desert”… https://t.co/k2IoLKC4he
— James Montague (@JamesPiotr) October 23, 2018
It turns out #ManCity chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak described #Saudi Crown Prince #MBS as "an incredible leader" in this interview https://t.co/IaqiPdyG8O proving that his judgment is one of the few things worse than my hearing. https://t.co/Hx6F2WmYCd
— Nicholas McGeehan (@NcGeehan) October 19, 2018