The architect of the Emirati takeover of English football club Manchester City is allegedly in trouble over pictures showing him with models and actresses in the United States, press reported on Friday.
Sulaiman al-Fahim, who bought the Premier League club earlier this month on behalf of the Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment, was selected by the company to finalize the deal but was not named to head the club, the Al-Emarat Al-Youm newspaper said.
The paper said the news that he was not named to head the club coincides with the appearance on websites and in newspapers of pictures of the 31-year-old entrepreneur in Las Vegas in the company of "actresses, dancers and models," including Playboy cover girl Kim Kardashian.
But Fahim told Al-Emarat Al-Youm by telephone from the United States that "all there is to it is that I was invited to the opening of a restaurant in Las Vegas and the actresses took these shots with me."
Fahim shot to world fame when he bought Manchester City for the Abu Dhabi company of which he is board member and emerged as spokesman for the deal in international media.