Manchester City football club's chief executive Garry Cook claims his email was hacked. There's no way he'd have sent an email ridiculing the fact one of his players' mum has cancer. No way.
But his defender Nedum Onuoha's mum has written to the Football Association and Premier League, complaining abou the email which she said was offensive.
Dr Anthonia Onuoha has acted as her son's agent throughout his football career. She kept up with the job even when she was struck with cancer, a fact she made Cook aware of in an email she wrote, to him and Brian Marwood, City's football administrator, in which she said she was "ravaged with cancer"but would still represent her son in dealing with the club.
The reply from Cook left her flabbergasted.
Addressed to "Brian", it read: "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".
Dr Onuoha told the Sun: "When I opened my emails and saw the message, it was the worst day of my life, even worse than being diagnosed with cancer. I couldn't understand how anybody could behave like that. I just cried and cried for hours. I'm critically ill and at that point I was undergoing chemotherapy. I was just so shocked but I couldn't tell Nedum or any of my family because I didn't know how they would react."
Dr Onuoha said Cook denied sending the message, saying he'd been 'confused.' 'away on holiday in South Africa' and that "somebody had hacked into his email account and whoever sent the email to Brian Marwood meant it as a practical joke."
Which is fair list of possible explanations, along with a clear insight into the mind of the 'hacker'
" I just want the FA and the Premier League to see what's happened and to take the appropriate action. Treating people like this is completely abominable." Dr Onuoha said.
Cook apologised for "any hurt or embarrassment this may have caused," and said "disciplinary action is currently underway regarding one of our employees."