Manchester United director accused of being “narcissistic bully” by ex-ICC colleague

The former head of the International Cricket Council remains a board member at Manchester United despite being removed from his ICC role following allegations of bullying and “physical aggression” towards staff.

Manu Sawhney was appointed chief executive of cricket’s world governing body in March 2019, but left the job earlier this year after the publication of a cultural review into his conduct while in the role.

The Telegraph reports Sawhney was found to have affected the “health and wellbeing” of staff through his actions while in the role.

The publication added several of Sawhney’s former colleagues, some of which had contributed to the cultural review, said he had left staff in tears and needing therapy.

Manu Sawhney was removed from his role as chief executive of the ICC earlier this year

They are also alleged to have said Sawhney is unfit for his role on the board at Manchester United, where he acts as a member of the Premier League side’s audit committee.

The Telegraph reports United’s owners the Glazer family, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Sawhney himself had refused to answer questions surrounding his fitness to fulfil his role at Old Trafford, as well as his sacking from the ICC.

Though a spokesperson for the club said: “Manu Sawhney has served as an independent director of Manchester United for the past nine years. During his tenure on the board, we have not received any complaints about his conduct.”

The ICC had said the cultural review had come to a conclusion that was “serious and concerning” enough to for “disciplinary” action that lead to the Indian’s dismissal as chief executive in July.

Sawhney described the investigation into his actions as a “pre-meditated witch hunt”, and accused the ICC of removing him from his role because the body had an “agenda”.

He told the Telegraph: “These allegations are not a true reflection of me or my time at the ICC. I am saddened that a small number within the organisation continue to make these false claims following my departure.

Sawhney remains on the board at Premier League club Manchester United

“Neither these nor any other concerns regarding my conduct were raised with me during my time at the ICC and once I was made aware of them, I immediately called for an independent investigation into the allegations.

“The ICC denied this request which I believe reflected their unwillingness to verify the allegations and their agenda to remove me from my role.”

The newspaper was also told that, following his removal from the chief executive post at the ICC, Sawhney himself had been diagnosed with a stress-related illness.

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