Non-dom Daily Mail laments unpatriotic Manchester City and says Manchester United are as bad as England
In years to come, the 166th Manchester derby could go down as the day English football died.
It’s by no means unique in this country, but City began this fixture without a single English outfield player. This was football at the highest level of the Barclays Premier League and the champions of England – with a core of six English players in the starting line-up – were picked off at will by overseas imports.
Good for City. Not so good for the England team.
You can read that story on the Mail’s website; where you can also read the site’s stats. At the time of writing, the Mail’s two most prolific comment creators are in America. Half the site’s traffic is from non-UK readers. Many of its stories are about foreigners. Does the presence of non-Brits upset the Mail’s credibility? Does the paper suffer as a result?
And what of the Mail’s owner, English-born Lord Rothermere, an hereditary peer who, as Private Eye claims, inherited his non-dom status from his late father (he moved to France to avoid UK tax), a status that exempts his individual income from tax until he brings it to the UK. Is he a nasty foreigner?
It was Lord Rothermere who said earlier this year:
“We see that there’s a global opportunity and we want to carry on growing. We would ideally like to double our size, and try and compete with the likes of Yahoo News on a global space.”
Might that not mean the Mail taking on more foreign writers?
Ashton ploughs on:
United began with six England internationals, past and present, relying on the core values that have helped this club dominate the Premier League for 20 years. Judging by this match, it is not just United in terminal decline…
David Moyes’ team were blitzed. By pace. By precision. By guile. By movement. By ingenuity. City were electrifying. It was a sad day, watching a team with six English players of international pedigree played off the park by this cultural melting pot.
English City fans must be gutted.