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Manchester City confident of Thaksin's involvement despite Thailand corruption charges

Manchester City confident of Thaksin's involvement despite Thailand corruption charges

Manchester City is confident owner Thaksin Shinawatra will continue to back the Premier League club despite facing corruption charges in his native Thailand.
City manager Sven Goran-Eriksson said Thursday that Thaksin's criminal charges would not affect the club.
Thaksin was deposed as prime minister by a military coup in 2006 but returned to Bangkok after a 17-month exile Thursday to face the charges, and could be sentenced to 15 years in jail.
"Thaksin has already given us what he promised (in transfer funds) in July, August and January," Eriksson said. "His involvement with Thailand, I do not think has anything to do with the club.
"Every time I meet him and the people working for him, it is the same. They want City to be bigger and better. He wants to create one of the biggest clubs in the world _ and I hope that happens, of course."
Thaksin brought two Man City players with him to Thailand _ goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and striker Kelvin Etuhu _ who will spend a week on a training camp before going on loan to other clubs.
"It will be good experience for them in Thailand. They are training there and helping in youth football," Eriksson said. "Neither of them is involved in the first team, and that is why these two players were chosen."
Thaksin took over Manchester City in July 2006 and immediately hired Eriksson as manager.
After his arrival in Thailand, Thaksin was escorted by police to the Supreme Court and posted bail of US$267,000 (euro177,000). The court set a trial date of March 12.


Updated : 2021-02-28 15:43 GMT+08:00