Anyone buy the Etihad Stadium chief executive’s explanation of events….No, didn’t think so.
Manchester City are to investigate claims chief executive Garry Cook emailed defender Nedum Onuoha’s cancer-suffering mother mocking her illness.
Dr Anthonia Onuoha received an offensive email which was intended for the club’s football administrator Brian Marwood, in regard to a contract dispute her son was having with City.
Cook has denied he sent the message, claiming his account was hacked.
Dr Onuoha told the Sun the email had left her “humiliated and devastated”.
Defender Onuoha’s mother, who acts as his agent, had previously sent a message to Marwood and Cook, explaining that while she was “ravaged with cancer” it would not prevent her negotiating on behalf of her son.
Dr Onuoha then received an email, allegedly from Cook and addressed “Brian”, which apparently ridiculed her use of language in describing her illness.
The email is reported to have read: “Ravaged with it!!…I don’t know how you sleep at night. You used to be such a nice man when I worked with you at Nike. G”.
Manchester City have responded to the allegations by releasing a statement promising a full investigation.
“Following allegations made to the football club by Dr Anthonia Onuoha, subsequently reported in today’s [Monday] media, the club can confirm that a board-led review has been launched into the matter,” said the statement.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
It does seem odd that someone would hack into the email of the chief executive of Man City football club just so that he/she could send an email to Nedum Onuoha’s mother. After all how would the person doing the hacking even be aware of their sickness? Also why would he manage to fairly easily conduct a conversation with Brian Marwood without anyone being the wiser?
It seems quite possible that Mr Cook sent the email to the wrong address and is now trying to cover his tracks but as the ‘probe’ is being undertaken by the club it would seem likely that nothing will come of it.
If the email was sent by someone else at the club as a prank, which has been alleged, then surely that person would a) have to be a pretty sick individual and b) had to know Garry Cook’s password details and should presumably c) be easy to track down.