File image of Valencia president Anil Murthy (right).© AFP
The leaked audio of Valencia president Anil Murthy jokingly saying he would kill Carlos Soler if he left the club without a transfer fee has been edited and taken out of context, the Spanish club said Monday. Superdeporte daily published the audio recorded from a private dinner attended by the president and some businessmen in April.
In one of the audios, a person the paper identifies as Murthy said he will tell Soler that “if you leave for free in January, I’ll kill you. I’ll kill you and the entire press…put 100,000 euros down to kill. .. Because you have to bring in money, you grew up in the academy and the club has invested a lot of money in you.” Murthy seems to giggle as he starts talking about Soler, a 25-year-old midfielder often associated with bigger clubs.
“The audio published by Superdeporte has been edited and altered to convey a false and biased idea,” the club said, adding that it was released “to create controversy.” is part of a newspaper’s “smear campaign” against Valencia.
The club said the campaign started after it rejected a newspaper’s proposal to charge Valencia “tens of thousands of euros” in advertisements.
During the dinner, Murthy also spoke about the club’s difficult financial situation and the future plans for the team.
Valencia fans have been fierce critics of Murthy and Singaporean owner Peter Lim, who say they treat the club only like a business.
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