City to investigate Cook

Updated: September 5, 2011

Manchester City have released a statement revealing that they intend to investigate claims chief executive Garry Cook sent an email to Nedum Onuoha’s cancer-suffering mother which ridiculed her illness.

It is understood Cook denies sending the email, which was supposed to be meant for City’s director of football Brian Marwood , and thinks his email account was hacked into.

A statement released by Manchester City on Monday evening confirmed that they were taking the accusation seriously “Following allegations made to the football club by Dr Anthonia Onuoha, subsequently reported in today’s media, the club can confirm that a board-led review has been launched into the matter,”

The claims relate to communication between Onuoha’s mother, who looks after all the player’s contractual arrangements and Marwood over a dispute in October last year.

Dr Onuoha is believed to have received an e-mail, reportedly from Cook, which joked about her use of the phrase “ravaged with it” to describe her condition.

Speaking to the Sun, Dr Onuoha said “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,”

“I couldn’t understand how anyone could behave like that. I’m critically ill.

“I cried and cried for hours.”

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