Spanish giants Valencia have confirmed the Singaporean’s exit following leaked audio footage in which Anil Murthy made threats against a player at the club.
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Valencia have confirmed that Anil Murthy has left the club as chairman with immediate effect after threatening to ‘kill’ a player’s reputation.
Murthy has threatened to destroy Carlos Soler in the media if the midfielder doesn’t sign a new contract at the club. Murthy had claimed that the leaked audio footage, which was believed to be his voice, had been altered.
Spanish newspaper Superdeporte published the audio recording in April in which a voice, which they reported as Murthy’s, threatened to ruin the Spain international’s reputation if he refused to commit his future at the club and instead left the Mestalla as a free agent.
The voice, believed to be Murthy’s, said: “If you go free in January, I’ll kill you (in the press).” The man adds: “I will put €100,000 to kill (Soler). Because you have to bring money, you grew up in the academy and the club invested a lot of money in you.”
Valencia initially accused the Valencian newspaper of waging a ‘smear campaign’ against the club, but they did not deny that Murthy was the voice or that the recordings were real. The club said the footage was “taken out of context, private conversation and illegitimately recorded” before adding that the footage was “edited and tampered with to convey a false or biased narrative”.
The club added: “This decision is part of the defamation campaign against Valencia CF that Superdeporte has been carrying out in recent months. This matter is in the hands of the Valencia CF legal department, who are already studying the measures to be taken against Superdeporte and its director.
However, Valencia have now released a new update confirming that Murthy was the individual in the records but what he said was ‘a personal opinion which the club wish to disassociate themselves from’. They added that Murthy was leaving the club to allow them to restore confidence.
The Spanish club said in a press release published on Monday afternoon: “The Valencia CF Board of Directors refers to recent events which have unfortunately affected the Club’s relations with supporters, government authorities and Valencian civil society. The Board wishes to clarify that the content of the conversations disclosed between Anil Murthy and various third parties are the personal opinions of Anil Murthy and not of Valencia CF Valencia CF dissociates itself from these opinions.
“The Board appreciates the importance of a close relationship between the Club, society, supporters, government authorities, the media and other people connected with Valencia CF. The Board considers that a change of direction is necessary to regain the credibility of the supporters and the in order to position Valencia CF on the path to success.With immediate effect, Anil Murthy will cease to be President and employee of Valencia CF.
Valencia are owned by Peter Lim, but have cut costs dramatically in recent seasons and will miss out on European football for the third consecutive season after back-to-back top-four finishes in 2018 and 2019. The club’s fans staged a mass protest against Lim and Murthy lead the club in their final La Liga game of the season against Celta Vigo earlier this month.