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Dr SAF reaffirms commitment & denies rumours

Dr SAF, who of course visited Fratton on Friday, has once again moved to reaffirm his commitment to Pompey - in The Sunday Mirror - but has admitted that he was 'contacted by groups claiming to represent two major clubs, but I had no interest in walking away from Portsmouth.'

He said that he 'went to meticulous lengths to find a club that suited my future needs and I've a moral obligation to see the deal through.' Clearly the man is a man of honour, I hope - although it seems that way, but also we must have had advantages that these others did not, most notably our 'cheaper price' I would suspect.

Of course these other clubs, said to be Newcastle and West Ham, might have facilities in place that we do not but even sorting all these areas out for us and clearing minimal debts made us a cheaper option than both of these as they are both 'said' to be much more in debt than we are, both apparently some 200m or more!

So, when you factor in clearing our debts, buying the club, stabilising the squad, building this training ground and redeveloping Fratton - which will of course come from our friends with the slogan 'every little helps' it would appear - we still work out much cheaper! Even 'if' we do eventually get this new stadium his own people would deal with this you would expect/if England win the world cup bid a new stadium should be build in conjunction with the FA anyway?

He is happy with his will be investment and had no interest in the clubs trying to 'hijack' his move for us, which were just two in 'numerous opportunities to invest in English clubs' that he is said to have had in the past year.

I liked the way he ended by saying: 'everything felt right about the investment in Portsmouth.'

There was also a brief snippet from Peter Storrie shooting down claims of 'third party involvement' in this dealing: 'we are puzzled by inaccurate claims of third party involvement.

'There are no Middle East or Asian consortiums involved. It is being solely financed by Dr Al Fahim.'

Whereas in The Sunday Mail a spokesman, Ivo Ilic Gabara, for Dr SAF has denied 'reports' that Thaksin Shinawatra, of course the former owner of Citeh, is linked with any consortium buying into us.

Ivo Ilic Gabara said: 'any rumour that there is any participation by the former Thai Prime Minister is completely unfounded.'

I should hope not as if he was then the deal would be dead in the water as he is hardly 'fit and proper' is he, so would clearly fail this mandate - he was afterall convicted for corruption in Thailand last year, not fit and proper is it!

It appears that the papers are desperate to find something that can hold up, or even eliminate any chance of this deal going through - the sooner this deal goes through the better, then we can start waiving two fingers, what the hell maybe even one finger to most, if not all of them...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 7 2009

Time: 9:21AM

Your Comments

Good article Rug. I think we are all groping around for snippets of information, but until this deal is signed sealed and delivered everything is speculation. No doubt there's a few in the press that would love our deal to fall through, but we're used to that sort of negativity aren't we. The press are still talking up Glen to Chelski but even with that I can't see anything happening until our new owner is in place with a manager.
cornypomp
you have to remember about Thaksin, that he was conviced of curruption by a government that took power in a military coup, and is probably more curupt than Thaksin ever was. (not that that makes Thaksin any less guilty). It's always nice to see Dr AlF speaking so positivly about pompey though!
pompeycarpet
My feet are treading on broken glass and my head is in the clouds. I'm enjoying this for the now - just in case! It is always cheaper to buy a bit of land and build your own house. If you buy someone else's, it always costs more and might not be exactly what you want ayway. I always thought Pompey would be a sound investment for someone with the funds to see the new Stadium and development built. Who knows how much the FA and PCC will contribute as well?
Gandor1
Now their at it again Crouch in shock move back to bin dippers, this story must have come from what pies told us that Crouchie's shirt was not there when he went round Fratton park, So it must have been the scousers that stole the shirt.
pompeyyong
Nice article Rug! Strange that we are getting different stories about where the money is coming from.
eastneydave
I just don't understand why the media are hoping this deal will fall through and what they have against Pompey? It seems we can't do anything right, they jump on the fact we had the second lowest average attendance for last season, but if the morons bothered looking to see we have the smallest capacity in the league and that we more or less fill it completely every home game then in percentages we we be right up the top of that table. Also we had 3 managers last season and millions of pounds worth of top class players leaving us and yet we still don't get any recognition or praise for staying up, we just get continuous stories linking our best players with a move away. Also now if this deal goes through and we become successful then they will just say that we have bought our success and don't desrve it, but thats what every top team in any league does and nothing ever gets said about them!! Gonna go and lie down now, rant over.
moley2
P.S Play up Pompey!!!
moley2
Nice one Rug. Yep, cross everything & happy dreaming. Certainly sleep better once it's all sorted. As for what the press say, never believe any of it.
storagematt
Since I'm currently back in England for a few weeks I can definitely use those newspapers as TP when I visit the bathroom.
pompeygray
 

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