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Man City chief Garry Cook blunders with cancer email

Published 05/09/2011 | 11:57

Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook has been caught up in more unwanted controversy after an e-mail, appearing to be sent by him, went to defender Nedum Onuoha's cancer-stricken mother by mistake.

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City declined to comment on the story but it is understood Anthonia Onuoha did receive the e-mail and has asked the FA to act.

It is thought the e-mail, which made light of Onuoha's cancer, a doctor, was intended for City director of football Brian Marwood.

Dr Onuoha had previously sent a message to Marwood and Cook, explaining that while she was "ravaged with cancer" it would not prevent her negotiating on behalf of her son.

She then received an email from the club addressed "Brian", which stated: "Ravaged with it!!........I don't know how you sleep at night. You used to be such a nice man when I worked with you at Nike. G".

It is suggested that Cook was on holiday at the time the e-mail was sent and believes his account has been hacked into.

‘’When I opened up my e-mails and saw the message, it was the worst day of my life. Even worse than being diagnosed with cancer," Dr Onuoha told The Sun.

"I don't understand how anyone could behave like that. I am critically ill."

Cook has apologised for "any hurt or embarrassment this may have caused" as well as denying sending the email.

He told Dr Onuoha: "I cannot and will not condone this unacceptable behaviour. I can confirm Brian did not receive this email and disciplinary action is currently underway regarding one of our employees."

Cook attracted a series of negative headlines early in his tenure. At one stage he described subsequently discredited former City owner Thaksin Shinawatra as "a great guy to play golf with".

He was also associated with a failed attempt to sign Kaka, accusing the Brazilian of "bottling it".

Cook also boasted that City would win a 2010 Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester United, only for them subsequently to lose.

However, Cook is well liked by the majority of City staff, who feel the former Nike executive has never been given the credit deserved for the huge amount of good work he has done for City in their ascent to English football's top table.

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