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Still on track and within the rules!

Still on track and within the rules!

I will try to keep what I say fairly nice and simple, I do not really need to add much do I, just a little section either side of what Ivo Ilic Gabara, the spokesman for Dr SAF, has told BBC Sport about the current status of the Arabians takeover of Pompey.

What he says is the most important thing!

Gabara insists that there is no 'limbo' about the deal and the commitment is still there, more so: 'the deal is far from in limbo.

'Our enthusiasm and commitment has, if anything, increased. Any Premier League requirements can - and will - be met.'

He also responded to weekend reports that Dr SAF's takeover is in any way connected to anyone with any connection to Citeh and their ownership - which would instantly rule out the deal as two clubs cannot be owned by the same controlling interest.

These claims have led to unwelcome, and unwanted media attention that has been dismissed by several figures over the past weekend. Doubts about passing the 'fit and proper' requirements have been raised but this will not be a problem and they will comply with these rules: 'recent media coverage has been misleading. The buying party has always been Al Fahim Asia Associates - which is fully owned by Al Fahim.

'He has always been fully aware of the disclosure requirements of the Premier League and its fit and proper person test, and has always intended to comply fully with these rules.

'He knew this transaction would attract considerable media interest and was always ready to withstand the scrutiny.

'If there are any investors who, as a result of this deal, acquire 10% or more of Portsmouth Football Club, they'll be fully disclosed to the Premier League and made public.'

We again go back to waiting, and being patient although Gabara himself does admit that the sooner this is deal is complete the better and early July would be the preference but if it takes until mid or even late July so be it, being complete sometime in July always has been and always will be the case - and getting this done completely and thoroughly is a must!

We will get there, lets continue to sit tight and lets also just take the occasional rough patch, which the media is inevitably going to throw at us, with a smile - this will all be worth it in the end will it not? Remember, when this is all done we will be smiling as we will have so much to look forward to, compared to the future we were faced with that was looking pretty depressing! We might see a few 'disappointing' turns of events, but ultimately this will be so worth it...


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Date:Tuesday June 16 2009
Time: 7:48AM


Agreed Rug, we might have to buy a team in the january transfer window but let's be honest HR did that every season. Glen is going and it seems so is headless but if we can keep a nucleus of the team we should be ok; providing we give Mullins to someone; maybe them at the Dell :-)
16/06/2009 08:19:00
so... peter storrie says the club is in limbo, al fahim says it isn't. can't the two agree on anything anymore?!
16/06/2009 08:26:00
I think you'll find the 'in limbo' in question referred to the deal - not the club. There is no doubt that the club IS in limbo until (if, when) the deal is completed. PUP
16/06/2009 09:01:00
No doubt there will be a lot more foot in mouth moments before we eventually get there. There will be the inevitable press headlines to go with them. I'm quietly optimistic that it will happen, even if the timescale is somewhat longer than I anticipated. It's the dismantling of the team question in the meantime that's worrying me. If we go into pre-season without a manager and a weakened team, we may well really struggle getting to the January window. We need to strengthen, because at the moment we are the team that struggled last season minus our best player and possibly Davis.
16/06/2009 09:09:00
Back with a couple of points. Do you think we are actually scouting players and talking to a prospective manager at the moment, with the view that the deal will be finalised???? Is it normal practise to do this when the ownership of the club is in transition but not finalised????
16/06/2009 09:22:00
Storrie and Fahim are saying the same thing. The Sun and Mail are just out to cause problems, and its gone past tittle tattle to pure Hate now. If any of you have Facebook, you may be aware of a Ban the Sun campaign same as they have done in Liverpool, as we are apparently one of the best areas for sales... so why hit out at us then? if interested, here is the link.
16/06/2009 10:34:00
I am now going to try to be logical (difficult I know, I'm a woman). However, Dr. Saf met Dave Richards in March with PS in Rome. Some of the content of the meeting MUST have been what criteria do I have to meet if I want to buy PFC? Dave Richards would have advised him - why not? He is after all, a very good friend of PS. Hence the deal started moving forward as soon as Dr Saf knew we were staying in the prem. Now DD is a time consuming and expensive item, so would Dr Saf have entertained it if he knew he was flying against what Dave Richards advised him? I don't think so - do you? Furthermore, someone asked ManC how long their DD took, and it seems if we finish ours mid July, then we will be about the same as ManC. Thaksin has now come out and completely denied any involvement and the very best our opponents have (the press) is that Sheik Mansours' full brother (the press words - not mine) owns shares in a company that belongs to the group of companies that Hydra is part of, even tho Dr Saf has said he has a completely different Company that is buying PFC, with absolutely no links to Hydra...........Doh?
16/06/2009 13:47:00
Good positive stuff. Not what we hear from the rags with red tops.
16/06/2009 20:11:00
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