Manchester City were purchased in 2008 by Sheikh Mansour who is the deputy prime minster of the UAE and a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi which is the second largest Emirate after Dubai.
However, human rights groups have slammed the UAE and Abu Dhabi for their human rights record in recent years where they believe torture to be "a systematic practice."
A detailed report by the Guardian includes quotes from Nicholas McGeehan of Human Rights Watch who says that the UAE has become a "black hole" for many human rights abuses and he said that City were being used to help cover these issues up.
"In this situation, a Premier League club is being used as a branding vehicle to promote and effectively launder the reputation of a country perpetrating serial human rights abuses," he said.
"That should be of concern to football supporters as well as human rights organisations."
Earlier this year both HRW and Amnesty International aggressively protested the mass arrest of 94 people who had called for more democracy and freedom of speech in the UAE
This month, 69 of the 94, who included lawyers, teachers and academics, were given long prison sentences without the right to appeal for "plotting to overthrow the UAE government."
According to Amnesty the defendants were tortured while in Abu Dhabi prisons before being subjected to "fundamentally unfair" trials.
Abu Dhabi's army and security services are headed by Sheikh Mohammed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, who is City owner Sheikh Mansour's brother.
City have always insisted that Mansour's purchase of the club was a purely private investment.
So far he has spent around £1bn since he joined the club with City's aggressive moves in the transfer market helping them to win their first English title for 44 years in 2012.