Manchester City’s CEO Ferran Soriano issues apology to fans via e-mail ahead of visit to Aston Villa in which Pep Guardiola makes 8 changes
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Ahead of Manchester City’s game at Aston Villa this evening, in which they can stretch their lead at the summit of the Premier League to 11 points, their CEO Ferran Soriano has issued an apology over e-mail to fans over the Super League debacle.
— Simon Bajkowski (@spbajko) April 21, 2021
The letter read:
I am writing to you regarding the events of the past few days.
I am sorry it has taken a little time, but the circumstances have been somewhat exceptional and it was important to me to contact you directly.”
As you know, Manchester City has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League. As always, when we make choices and decisions, we do so with the best interests of the club in mind and we believed that being part of such an initiative could give us a voice that might be imperative to our future ability to succeed and grow.
However, in making that choice we failed to remind ourselves of the unbreakable link between the passion of our fans and the right to have the opportunity to earn success. It is a truth that is fundamental to the DNA of Manchester City and the board deeply regrets taking a decision that lost sight of the historic values of the club. We made a mistake and we sincerely apologise to our fans for the disappointment, frustration and anguish caused by the last 72 hours.
I want to personally assure you that the owners, chairman, board and staff are completely committed to ensuring that the club continues to contribute meaningfully to the ongoing well-being of both the English and European football pyramids and their associated competitions. We will embrace the opportunity to earn back the full trust of our stakeholders and the football family in general.
I thank you for taking the time to read this and I extend my thanks to you for your continued support.
Ferran Soriano, CEO”
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 07: Ilkay Guendogan of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on February 07, 2021 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
Pep Guardiola has made 8 changes from his team that lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi final, which ended their hopes of a quadruple.
Your City side to take on Aston Villa!
XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Gündogan (C), Rodrigo, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Jesus
SUBS | Steffen, Aké, Sterling, Laporte, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Garcia
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 21, 2021
Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan, Olek Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden all come back into the team.
Kevin De Bruyne is out and Gundogan is handed the captain’s armband. Only Ruben Dias, Rodri and Gabriel Jesus retain their places.