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Maybe the Russians ARE coming?

Maybe the Russians ARE coming?

The 'rumours' of an interest from Russian investors was something that, if I am honest, I thought was nothing more than just that, rumours...

Although it would 'seem' that there is more to this than meets the eye, so perhaps the Russians are coming?

Investment group Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI), which is a company co-founded by Roman Dubov and Vladimir Antonov, with former Leeds CEO Chris Akers also a part of it, have confirmed an interest in owner a football club, with Pompey an option it would seem.

Akers has issued a statement that confirms an interest: 'Convers Sports Initiatives has always been interested in English football and it is widely known that we have been actively seeking to acquire a suitable club.

'We have held talks with representatives from several clubs, including Portsmouth FC, however we cannot comment any further on the status of any of these negotiations.'

Antonov, when talking to The News, confirmed that they are interested in taking over a football club but did not say which one: 'I would like to stress that if we do acquire control of a football club, we will dedicate our collective knowledge, skills, contacts and appropriate resources to make the chosen football club successful. This will always be our priority.

'Convers Sports Initiatives has a long history and association with various sports around the world.

'This accumulated experience and knowledge will benefit the selected football club, its players, employees and partners involved, but most of all - the club's loyal fans and the community.'

Apparently, having previously denied any such interest from the Russians, David Lampitt has confirmed that talks of some kind have taken place and owners to replace Balram Chainrai, who has angered SOS Pompey by saying those that joined their protest are not fans - not the wisest of things to say, could happen.

Well, what can you say?

All I can say at this time is 'here we go again'...

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Tuesday February 8 2011
    Time: 5:06PM

    Comments

    0
    been looking into these guys and from what i've seen the 2 Russians could have Mafia ties (although they deny it obviously) which sounds pretty bad but then i looked at Akers and he seems genuine, he was part of the company responsible for Leeds being in the Champions league and was all about slow growth through sustainable investment it was only when he and his partners left Leeds that started to spend stupidly and then crashed, so maybe just maybe CSI are a real option.. who knows but 1 thing i'm sure of is that they will be scrutinized by the Football League etc more than any other owner has before, and that can only be a good thing
    pompeym@
    08/02/2011 17:22:00
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    10 years of due diligence to come then!!!
    moley2
    08/02/2011 17:29:00
    0
    As if we hadn't had enough dramas.....Coming Soon CSI Portsmouth !!!
    BarneyArmy
    08/02/2011 17:36:00
    0
    Is it time to start getting excited about nothing again already?
    PompeyFrippy
    08/02/2011 17:40:00
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    after my punning and rudimentary humour...which thouth was good fun..I have had more serious thought process. I really could not support anything that was funded by either laundring or benfiting from money gained from child abuse and trafficking. I would would struggle with cheering on an over paid forward scoring a great goal at the expence of some dead or half zombified crack head. Organised crime is more real than the entertainment we get from watching James Cagney or Tony Soprano. Its about exploitation and violence fear and intimidation and death. I am not happy, and will not be happy unless a tough Fit and proper persons test is in place
    plymouth graham
    08/02/2011 17:53:00
    0
    after my punning and rudimentary humour...which thouth was good fun..I have had more serious thought process. I really could not support anything that was funded by either laundring or benfiting from money gained from child abuse and trafficking. I would would struggle with cheering on an over paid forward scoring a great goal at the expence of some dead or half zombified crack head. Organised crime is more real than the entertainment we get from watching James Cagney or Tony Soprano. Its about exploitation and violence fear and intimidation and death. I am not happy, and will not be happy unless a tough Fit and proper persons test is in place
    plymouth graham
    08/02/2011 17:53:00
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    PlymG you are right about organised crime it is truly nasty, grimey destroys hope. At this time I've not been able to find any stronger link with organised crime than you get associated with Chelski. So maybe let's not judge them just yet. On a lighter note. As for overpaid strikers scoring; chance would be a fine thing.
    russellm
    08/02/2011 18:28:00
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    Hm... it seems we've been here before haven't we. We all know we need someone to buy the club from Chanrai and take it forward, but we're all scared of another owner who buys the club and drags it down, because, quite frankly, that's all we know in recent times. Of course we're suspicious. I certainly hope it isn't someone who's money comes from the scenarios painted by graham, although I am guilty of having turned a blind eye to the Gaydamaks - I have no idea what they were into, and probably don't want to know. Whilst it appears the case that they are 'in talks' we just have to wait and see what happens now and whether anything actually comes of it.
    tracyc
    08/02/2011 19:39:00
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    Here it goes the merry go round, again... However, I think this could have some truth to it since Lampitt himself is talking about it. But, it is still too early to take it very seriously. Who the owners are and what backround they have is alo a VERY important issue!
    Pompey Malta
    08/02/2011 19:42:00
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    So which businesses don't cause damage to someone or somethin? Next time you drive up for a match just remember all those cuddly polar bears you're killing!
    thepompeypaul
    08/02/2011 19:51:00
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