Zayed Sports City to screen EPL title decider between Man City and West Ham
ABU DHABI // Manchester City supporters in the UAE can watch their club’s English Premier League title decider at a free event on Sunday.
The club have organised a special outdoor screening of the final game of the season, against West Ham United, as City look for their second EPL championship title in three years.
The screening will be at Zayed Sports City.
“I have been to Abu Dhabi with the club on several occasions and they are absolutely superb fans,” said Patrick Vieira, who has won league titles at Arsenal and Inter Milan, and is now a youth coach at City.
“The passion and the knowledge is really there and the support is growing all the time. The chats I had with fans were really interesting, with many nationalities involved.”
Doors open at Zayed Sports City at 5.30pm and the game will be shown on the football pitch next to the tennis stadium.
The match, which City must win to guarantee the championship returns to the Etihad Stadium, will kick off at 6pm.
Refreshments will be served throughout and games and competitions are also being organised by the club.
Mohammed Bhatti, a Briton who has followed City for more than 30 years, said he was confident his team would win.
“I think we’ll be 3-0 up by half-time and secure the title in style,” he said.
Mr Bhatti, who lives and works in Dubai, is also a season-ticket holder at Etihad Stadium and goes to five or six games a season.
“I might go along to this event in Abu Dhabi,” he said.
“I haven’t made any set plans yet. I know City organise a number of events but they need to advertise them better because we have City supporters in every emirate who might be interested to go but don’t know about them.”
Regardless of the outcome, on May 15 City’s stars will be playing a friendly against Al Ain at the new Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.
The English club had been scheduled to play Al Ain on January 14 to mark the opening of the 25,000-seat stadium, but that game had to be cancelled because of a third-round FA Cup replay.
Two seasons ago, hundreds of City fans gathered at Zayed Sports City to watch what turned out to be the most dramatic conclusion to an EPL season in history, with a last-minute goal from star striker Sergio Aguero clinching it.
Published: May 8, 2014 04:00 AM