I set up this blog for this very reason. Once again the press have been very slow to kick the boot in. This story started over a month ago and was confirmed afew days ago but so far nothing saying the Qatar bid is dead. The press love reporting about United being linked or brought out by a rich Billionaire. When that all goes down the pan…. nothing is said. The story was only reported in French when it first broke over a month ago. Maybe they can’t be bothered to use google translate? Who knows.
Anyway the Qatar stories about United being brought out by the gas rich state, are in my terms complete rubbish. UEFA rules state no one or no one group can own two clubs competing UEFA competitions. United are in the Champions League and PSG are in the Europa League. The Qatar Investment Authority, the company in charge has brought into PSG and this is the same company that has been linked with Everton and United buy outs. Unless a family member of Qatar brought into United, the likely hood of a takeover is nil. Chelsea’s Roman had to prove the other year he had no involvement with CKSA Moscow to UEFA and although another Qatari family member owns a Spanish club, the investment authority is the one with the big money, who would be needed for a takeover. The amount of money involved to buy such an asset such as United, isn’t going to be a little bit more expensive than buying Chelsea or City.
Now that’s one more dead end confirmed as killed off. We should look at the only real thing which will change football. The football governance report. There is no date for which the report comes out, but it is rumoured to be the end of this month or the start of next. My hope is the second of these reports recommends a sensible change for part fan ownership of all clubs with a time frame given. Such as the Arsenal model but a forced model where clubs have to offer shares to fans. If something along those lines isn’t recommended I’d be shocked after what’s gone on and what’s been said.
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