NAC Breda fans hang a banner outside the Manchester City stadium to protest the takeover

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Breda fans shared photos of the banners on Facebook and explained the motives behind their actions. “The City group is trying to take over the world of football from Manchester City,” they said. “Funded by a petrodollar sheikh from a country with questionable views on human rights. Troyes and Lommel have already fallen, but they will never get us. Today we went to the stadiums of Manchester, Troyes and Lommel to make it clear that Breda will not be in. We will continue to fight.

Manchester City signed a five-year partnership deal with Breda in 2016 which saw the Dutch side loan City players and the two clubs to share knowledge about scouting. This relationship is now set to go further with Breda in line to join the CFG stable. According to a statement from Breda last week, the deal is still subject to the approval of the club’s supervisory board, the NOAD Foundation, the Dutch FA and the municipality of Breda. It remains to be seen whether the protests by Breda supporters have any impact on the situation.

Former City defender Angelino, who spent the 2017-18 season on loan at NAC Breda from the English champions and currently plays for RB Leipzig, gave his support for the takeover when he tweeted : ” Excellent news. Good luck to all – CFG ownership will be a bright future for NAC Breda! “, a tweet that angered some Breda fans.

In addition to Manchester City, Troyes and Lommel, CFG also owns or holds stakes in New York City FC, Melbourne City FC, Girona in Spain, Uruguayan club Montevideo City Torque, Indian team Mumbai City, Chinese club Sichuan Jiuniu and Japanese Yokohama F Marinos. .

Breda are currently ninth in the Dutch second tier, 32 points behind leaders Emmen, and last won a major trophy in 1973.

CFG declined to comment although it is understood they were prepared for some opposition and while they respect these views the band feels this is a minority position held by more extreme supporters and that there is considerable support among other fans. for the proposed takeover.

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