Manchester City withdraw Thaksin Shinawatra's honorary presidency

11 February 2009 09:40
Shinawatra is icurrently in exile from Thailand where he has been sentenced to two years in prison. He has also had repated allegations of human rights abuses levelled at him in relation to his time as Prime Minister of the south east Asian country.

City's current owner, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak held talks to resolve the issue and have moved to act decisively to make Shinawatra the first high profile casualty of their stewardship.

Shinawatra, who was handed the position on selling the club last September, has lived an itinerant existence of late, spending time in the Middle East, the Bahamas and China, where he is currently believed to be setting up home. His UK visa was cancelled in November.

Though his precise whereabouts is unknown, a report in the Guardian newspaper

suggests that City's executive chairman Garry Cook has managed to relay his bosses decision to Shinawatra already.

The former owner's name no longer features in the match day programme, on the club's website or anywhere around the City of Manchester Stadium.

Shinawatra turned a £120 million profit on his short spell at the club when he sold up to ADUG and is likely now to sell his remaining 10 per cent share in the club as he continues his fight against Thailand's extradition procedures.

The controversial figure has always maintained his innocence and described the conviction by Thailand's supreme court last year as 'politically motivated'.

Source: Telegraph