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Football: Wenger queries Man City club network

Published on Aug 4, 2014 3:17 AM
 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger leads a training session at London Colney near London May 14, 2014. On Sunday, he questioned the arrangement that has allowed former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard to join Manchester City on loan from sister club New York City. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Sunday queried the arrangement that has allowed former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard to join Manchester City on loan from their sister club New York City.

As well as Lampard’s move to the Etihad Stadium, New York have also loaned Spanish striker David Villa to Melbourne City. All three clubs are owned by the City Football Group, a holding company of City’s owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group.

Wenger, whose side face City in next weekend’s Community Shield, suggested that the partnerships could give the Premier League champions an unfair advantage.

Asked for his reaction to Lampard’s move, he replied: “It’s a surprise. But it looks like all these ‘City’ clubs will feed the main club, Man City. I heard that they want to buy five clubs all over the world.

 
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