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These are claiming that all is not what it should be with the proposed take-over of the blues by Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim.

The Sun newspaper, infamous for their diabolical smear campaign against Liverpool supporters following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, claim to have 'inside information' on the exact goings on at the club.

Disgraced journalist Shaun Custis, A Newcastle United supporter, is constantly claiming that Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai MP and former owner of Manchester City, is directly involved with the sale of Pompey, and is an investor for Al Fahim's Falcon equity group.

The newspaper is also claiming that Premier League chairman Dave Richards is also an integral part of the deal - A statement that, if true, could result in the deal falling through.

However, both Shinawatra and Richards have tirelessly insisted that neither party have anything to do with Pompey. Posted on the clubs' official site, Shinawatra was quoted as saying "I am not involved with Sulaiman Al Fahim`s bid in any way.

"I have no interest in Portsmouth FC and furthermore I have no plans to become involved in any football club in the future.

"I have been surprised and shocked by the media coverage and my name being linked with this club. There is absolutely no truth in this."

Despite this, it seems that even words from the horses mouth itself are having no immediate impact on the sun's group of 'reporters', and in the most recent episode of the national tabloids' apparent findings - now with it's own name, 'Pompeygate' - the recent news of Al Fahim's move from being the chief executive of Hydra Properties have seemingly been twisted in a way never before thought possible.

The tabloid is also claiming that one of the chairmen of Hydra Properties is the brother of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayhan, which would also throw the deal into jeopardy, as no two Premiere league clubs are to be owned by the same controlling interest.

Once again, however, it seems as if the facts far outweigh the fiction. Al Fahim has insisted, on many occasions, that Hydra Properties has nothing to do with Pompey in the slightest, and is a separate business entity entirely, effectively ruling out any kind of 'link' there may be between the controlling interests of the club.

Despite all this, Al Fahim has shown the upper hand, making clear his interest in the club is not unfounded, and that the takeover is proceeding as planned, with due diligence expected to be completed in the early weeks of July.

It would seem that as desperate as they are to scrabble through the dirt to try and find a smoking gun under Pompey's pillow, all the Sun's journalists are coming up with are weak stories with little or no credibility about them at all.

In effect, it would seem that disgruntled Pompey supporters will have to grin and bear the Sun's tirade on the club, and dismiss any further stories as they find them - poorly constructed, with little or no evidence to back the findings. Until the Sun either lose interest and move on, or shoot themselves in the foot and find themselves with a legal battle on their hands for libel against the club, it would be very wise to ignore anything the tabloid say and take it as face value - utter drivel.

Written by powered_by_pies.

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Date:Thursday June 18 2009

Time: 3:33PM

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It is all drivel but the Sun has been fed unwittingly by things that PS said early on. For instance: when things first broke PS said Pingpong (sorry) introduced him to Dr Saf. Then up comes Shinawatra and says it was him. It was Pingpong who introduced Shinawatra to PS at a ManC game last season. (I think that is how it goes, I'm getting confused myself). Anyway, all innocent, above board and by the by, but the Sun is managing to make it all look sleazy cos minor details keep changing. Storrie should button it and keep it buttoned!
Gandor1
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18/06/2009 18:03:00

Good stuff pies - are you after Custis' job?
eastneydave
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18/06/2009 19:20:00

Thing is Gandor...he can't, and that's half the problem. I've got no personal gripe with Storrie, he's the middle man, runabout, messenger and God knows what else, and I think sometimes he confuses himself. Sometimes I think it would be better for him to say "NO COMMENT" but that would open up all manner of speculation. The guys stuffed no matter what he says, and he's only saying what he's been told to say via The Doc or Sasha.
cornypomp
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18/06/2009 19:21:00

Don't buy it, don't read it, don't believe it. Only in utter desperation wipe your as5e with it. To55ers, ban them from FP.
storagematt
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18/06/2009 19:22:00

Curtis is a horrible smarmy git who thinks the prem is about the big 4 plus the wannabe big clubs in the north east,(shame 2 are now fizzy pop teams)& if he could would only have the prem as a northern League.
pompeyyong
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18/06/2009 19:39:00

Good idea Matt, but then they'd only make up the match reports anyway. Oh - no change there then!
tracyc
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18/06/2009 20:09:00

Don't the Sun ever learn? That's a large group of people they've managed to turnoff ever buying their drivel again. No doubt it was one of the biggest selling dirtrags in this area too.
Tantona
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19/06/2009 06:49:00

And Today is Pompeygate 4, same stuff reworded, and a pop at the "Dr" tag, its the "yours in football" that makes it worse
paultsmouth
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19/06/2009 07:31:00

great stuff pies, utter drivel is spot on...
ive not even brought myself to looking at part iv - i did look at the chelski 'agree' a 17.5m fee with pompey tho from the scum, i wonder if storrie was talking to the scum direct with the quotes...
pompeyrug
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19/06/2009 07:37:00

I'll defend the Sun, well actually only one page of it, the one that comes after page two. I also find the reporting there pretty accurate unlike the rest of the crap that they print.
TeddyLyon
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19/06/2009 07:42:00

Oh I so hope that once this is all sorted and I'm sure it will be, that Pompey take the Sun to the cleaners for libel against our club. I only pick up the rubbish via the NewsNow Portsmouth link, and I stupidly read it and then get wound up. I must like everybody else stop reading this utter s**t and just wait and revel in the fortunes we will get when SAF takes over.
blarmy
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19/06/2009 07:44:00

look at football365 their editor rips apart the hacks Curtis & irwin
pompeyyong
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19/06/2009 18:43:00

Good read that Pies - cheers :) I'm finding all these stories most irksome. I can't help but wonder if a certain columist from the Sun's football pages might ne helping to stir things up..."Sandra, quick love, pass the wooden spoon!".
Squee
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19/06/2009 22:20:00

 

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