If there was ever a time for a protest, it's now!
A statement on the CSI facebook page today read: "The acquisition of Portsmouth Russian businessman Vladimir Antonov and its control by CSI is on the verge of collapse.
CSI and its shareholders have passed the so-called 'fit and proper test' English Football League and have provided all the necessary evidence of their own stable of Finance position, but the real owners of Portsmouth Levi Kushnir and Bali Chanray decided once again to change the terms of the deal and asked for an additional 3 million pounds a preliminary agreement (about 10% to the price originally agreed upon). CSI and Vladimir Antonov, refused to review the conditions and ready to get out of the deal, reports sports.ru."
The deal was previously believed to have been finalised this week, with all parties passing the FA's 'Fit and Proper Persons' Test' and due diligence, with Antonov flying into the country this week to put pen to paper, allowing his firm to take full control of the South Coast side.
CSI's interest was first flagged up also on the social networking site, after owners Antonov and Roman Dubov both announced Portsmouth to be their 'favoured clubs', before reports of interest had been leaked into the press, following a failed takeover at Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers.
This comes as another blow to Pompey, who had previous 'interest' from 21-year-old Tom Lever and Rob Lloyd, however both deals failed to materialise, following what has been a torrid few years of false-takeovers, false-owners and lacking investment.
This news came shortly after Portsmouth took a point at Turf Moor, after a 1-1 draw with Burnley. David Nugent had put his side on their way to victory in early in the second half, however Chris Eagles equalised for the hosts, picking up a vital point on their quest to make the play offs. Nugent nearly won the game for Pompey with three minutes to go, however was unable to beat Brian Jensen.
The time is now. We simply cannot afford to sit on our hands any more and allow the current regime to ruin the club of any chance to rebuild over the summer. I'm not one who has previously stated the need to protest, however have been present at those that have taken place, but enough is enough.
We only have one more home game before the summer, which although has been labelled as 'Fans' Day', could be the perfect setting to allow Portsmouth and its supporters to have the last word on the season, in a game that will already have much press coverage with the Sky cameras rolling in, with Norwich looking likely to be promoted to the Premier League, or at least, make the play offs.
It will take a big effort and a lot of organising, however the protest against Al Faraj and Storrie was a complete success. The last protest was also a success in getting the message across, however one on a much grander scale is needed, fully showing the support for the club but also for those prospectively taking charge.
They need to realise what they're buying into is more than just a football club and slabs of concrete in Fratton - they need to realise the true support we have down here, and that we won't take these matters lightly.
Written by Dan Brett.
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