Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook faced a battle to keep his job last night after being caught up in a row over an offensive email.
The club’s Abu Dhabi owners have confirmed they are investigating the email, which was sent to Dr Anthonia Onuoha – mother of defender Nedum Onuoha – mocking her fight against cancer.
Mr Cook denies sending the email last October and claims that someone had hacked into his account.
The message was addressed to Brian, which is believed to refer to City’s football administrator Brian Marwood.
In it, the sender mocked Dr Onuoha’s original email to Mr Marwood in which she explained she was “ravaged with cancer”.
She replied to the email and was told by an apologetic Mr Cook that someone had hacked his account and that disciplinary actions was being taken against one of the club’s employees.
The City board are now investigating although there has been some difficulty in getting answers from Mr Cook because he is currently in the USA visiting his wife and family.
A statement on the club’s website said: “Following allegations made to the football club by Dr Anthonia Onuoha, subsequently reported in today’s media, the Club can confirm that a board led review has been launched into the matter.”
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