Congratulations to Manchester City, New York City FC and everyone else involved in the Frank Lampard saga, you have successfully managed to defraud an entire fan base. I hope it feels good.
Let's start with New York City FC, who falsely reported that Lampard had signed a two-year deal to play with the side from the start of the January transfer window. They then paraded Lampard around on the back of a lie, one they thought would never get called out.
And why did they do this? Well all for money of course. New York City paraded Lampard around to fans and raked in the season ticket sales and jersey buys that were all brought with the premise they would be getting to see Lampard play.
And then we come to Manchester City, who have been back tracking quicker than a car stuck in reverse. The club admitted that both them and NYCFC somehow made errors in their reporting of a transfer only they were involved in.
“The statement on the NYCFC website in July saying Lampard’s two-year contract took effect from Aug 1, 2014 was a mistake. [The] initial statement on City’s website that it was a loan was also an error.”
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City have been let off by the Premier League because of "legal speak that laymen wouldn't understand." Unsurprisingly, New York haven't addressed the complete lies they have spouted to their entire fan base. And it seems that even those who have spent hundreds of dollars on season tickets will not be getting an apology, well until the PR team come in of course and put a whole load of words on a page meaning entirely nothing.
So here we are, with no explanation, the reputation of two teams are completely in tatters and Major League Soccer looking like idiots. For a league that wants to build itself up and has plans to become the best competition outside of Europe, this was a gigantic step in the wrong direction and could easily be a huge setback.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber is bound to be furious with New York City, and so will New York City's fans - who have been incredibly wronged in this whole sorry saga.