The EPL trend has come under scrutiny especially following the appointment of exiled Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as owner of Manchester City. Thaksin
has been linked to human rights abuse while presiding over the government of Thailand; he was driven out of the country by a military junta in September 2006 while attending a U.N. meeting in New
York City. Thaksin recently passed the English league's "fit and proper persons" test to become owner of Manchester City.
In response to the backlash over the EPL's ruling, Richard Scudamore, the league's CEO, said: "Until anyone has been tried and found guilty of anything, as is the law in this country, we can't rule somebody out unless they are convicted. The truth is that in some parts of the world, human rights activists would rule out George Bush and Tony Blair from running a football club. We run a league, and there is a place where our job ends and governments and politicians take over." He added that should Thaksin be found guilty of anything, then he would have to withdraw his interest from City.