MADRID (AP) – Spanish club “Valencia” fired President Anil Murti from his post on Monday after a private …
MADRID (AP) – Spanish club Valencia have ousted President Anil Murti on Monday after a leak of private talks that left the club’s management looking bad.
The announcement came about two weeks after Merty spoke about the players and the club’s economic situation and plans for the future. The daily Superdeporte released an audio recording of a private dinner attended by the president and some businessmen in April.
Among his comments, Merty jokingly said he would kill player Carlos Soler if he left the club without a transfer. The club at the time said the audio had been edited and taken out of context.
But on Monday, Merty left as an employee after comments that “unfortunately affected the club’s relationship with fans, government and society.”
“The board would like to clarify that the content of the conversations between Anil Murti and various third parties is the personal view of Anil Murti, not Valencia,” the club said. “The board is of the opinion that a change of leadership is needed to restore the trust of fans and society and put Valencia in a position to succeed.”
Valencia fans have harshly criticized Merty and Singaporean owner Peter Lima, saying they treat the club only as a business.
In the last game of the Valencia season this month, thousands of fans protested at the Mestalla Stadium, waving Lim Go Home signs and shouting for the Singaporean businessman to sell the club. There seemed to be more fans outside Mestalli than inside, watching Valencia beat Celta Vigo 2-0 in the Spanish league, where they finished ninth.
Valencia has said it has appointed Sean Boy as acting director general. Bai has been with the club since 2018 and is now the director of the team’s youth academy. Valencia said it would primarily control the team’s football operations.
Valencia has said it will immediately begin a search for a new president. At the same time, Hajama Kalimudin, the non-executive director of the board, will serve as chairman of the board of directors to oversee the club’s administration.
The board would like to emphasize once again that Valencia is fully committed to achieving long-term growth and success, as well as completing the construction of the new Mestalla Stadium, the club said. to achieve these goals ”.
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