Summary: facing a lengthy list of charges Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, owners of Manchester City Football Club, have decided that the best defence is a strong offence.
Summary: when Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City square off in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg 28 April rival heads of state in Doha and Abu Dhabi will watch with more than passing interest.
Summary: The use of sport to polish up tarnished reputations is, despite denials, flourishing in Israel.
Summary: of oil prices, bank ratings, slashed salaries and the purchase of the Magpies.
Summary: Manchester calls on UAE deputy PM and owner of City football club for release of a political prisoner. Human rights in the Gulf.
Summary: a FIFA meeting next week likely to consider the Palestine proposal for expulsion of Israel. Hardly likely to be approved, but football will reach a wider audience than human rights abuses, breaches of international law etc which excite only policy wonks.
Summary: Qatar under the new Amir Tamim bin Hamad has not withdrawn from the forward policies of his father but has so far not tried new ones. One very high profile project, the football World Cup in 2022, is in jeopardy.