Former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had a short, but colorful tenure as owner of Manchester City. You may remember his time for the political wrangling following his ousting in a 2006 coup, or his eventual sale of the club to the oil-rich Abu Dhabi group. You might even remember his chairmanship as the last time anyone took Sven Goran-Eriksson seriously. Well, he’s coming back for the big game.
Thaksin had been barred by UK authorities from entering the country after he was convicted of corruption, but he could be set for a return to “watch football and meet old friends.”
The policy change comes after Thaksin’s party won back power in recent elections.
Coincidentally, I will also be in Manchester during the derby, although unfortunately, I don’t have a ticket (any Manchester-based readers who want to give away a spare, feel free to hit me up), so I’ll probably have to find a pub. I just need to decide which team to support. If I want City to win, I’ll get a cab to the city center or Eastlands. If I want United to win, I’ll take the train to London.
(And if you think that this whole post was a setup for that brag/joke, you’re half right.)
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