Reports about torture and abuse in the United Arab Emirates of British nationals raises the spectre of high profile Gulf acquisitions and sponsorships of European soccer clubs serving as a form of reputation laundering.
Instead, scarves and tight-fit jerseys clothed sports fans, as they attended the house that Steinbrenner built. No Yankees vs. Red Sox. No Eminem-Jay Z concert. Not even the NCAA's forgettable Pinstripe Bowl. The event? Manchester City taking on Chelsea.