The defending champions were in the news once again for the wrong reasons
Come Thursday, come a new, rather sordid and outright shameful story emerge from Spain, with claims emerging that Manchester City had ensured to put a clause into the loan agreement of Yangel Herrera before sending him to SD Huesca. The clause stated that he would not be allowed to play against Girona, as the La Liga side are part of the City Group, which gave off signs that the Premier League side did not wish to hurt the chances of one of its affiliates, with the clause being dubbed as the ‘fear clause’.
As expected, this did not please other clubs, including Huesca themselves, which Agustin Lasaosa, the club’s president, revealed to Marca. Asked for his thoughts on the clause, he said:
“To me, it’s very backward. For example, we recently met Athletic Bilbao because we were interested by another loan for Remiro, who was half forgotten there, and Rafa Alkorta told us: ‘I don’t know if we’ll do it, but I can guarantee you one thing, we won’t put a ‘fear clause’ in it’.
“Good for him, and I would do the same, because if they lend you a player for him to become… I’m completely against it. This one we had to sign because we were very interested in the player.”
Yangel was first lout loaned to New York City FC, another of the City Group’s various teams across the world, where he spent nearly two years, before returning to England just before the January transfer window began. It was after this that the Venezuelan was shipped off to Huesca, where he has quickly managed to break into the first-team squad.
Since joining the La Liga side, the defensive midfielder has started two of a possible three games, coming on for his debut in the first game with twenty minutes remaining to ensure he has a a 100% appearance record till now . Though that is bound to change come the game against Girona, he will be expected to slot straight back into the team after that.
City have made a habit of flouting norms and regulations over the years since Sheikh Mansour took over, and this is the latest instance of that. Whether there will be any action taken by FIFA or UEFA against what clearly is an attempt to influence results and league standing remains to be seen.