File image of Valencia President Anil Murthy (right).© AFP

The Spanish club said on Monday that the leaked audio of Valencia president Anil Murthy joking that he would kill player Carlos Soler if he leaves the club without a transfer fee has been edited and taken out of context. The daily Superdeporte has released audio recordings of a private dinner attended by the president and some businessmen in April.

In one of the audios, a man to the newspaper as Murthy said he would tell Soller “If you leave for free in January, I will kill you. I will kill you and all the media…I will put it down.” €100,000 kill… you bring money, you grew up in the academy and the clubs put a lot of money into you.” Murthy seemed to be giggling when he started talking about Soler. The 25-year-old midfielder is often linked with bigger clubs.

“The audio released by Superdeporte has been edited and modified to convey an erroneous and biased idea,” the club said, adding that it was released “to create controversy”. Part of the newspaper’s “smear campaign” against Valencia.

The club said the campaign started after rejecting the newspaper’s proposal to charge Valencia “tens of thousands of euros” for advertising.

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At the dinner, Murthy also spoke about the club’s difficult situation and the team’s future plans.

Valencia fans have been fierce critics of Murthy and boss Peter Lim, saying they see the club only as a business.

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