Friday, February 04, 2011



Arsenal of the Barclay's English Premier League have sent embattled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak a message in the form of a box of their uniforms. The front of their jerseys carry the advertisement "Fly Emirates." The message was clear: Mubarak should choose Emirates Airlines when he flees his country. The flight from Cairo to Emirates' home base of Dubai is under four hours. An ABC (U.S.) News report said that the Mubarak family owns properties not only in Dubai but in London, Paris, Madrid, Washington, New York and Frankfurt, and that it's wealth was estimated to be between $40 billion and $70 billion. That's quite enough to buy a majority interest in one of the mid-level Premier League teams, Bolton, or Blackburn or Stoke City. Whose got game?

—Wayne Robins

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