Portsmouth owner Ali Al Faraj has assured fans that quotes accredited to him in a Saudi Arabian newspaper are entirely false.
Al Faraj supposedly revealed that he knew little about football and had bought the club solely for profit.
The 40-year-old was said to have admitted borrowing £5m to pay the players’ wages earlier this month from three major banking institutions.
More worryingly, the Saudi business tycoon was said to have stated that he was not a billionaire and that he was searching for more investors. The article represented Al Faraj very similarly to Sulaiman Al Fahim.
The story had been carried further by a number of national newspapers this morning.
However, Al Faraj has not given any public interviews to any form of media and legal proceedings will now begin against those who published the alleged quotes.
A number of newspapers have already ‘pulled’ the story, including The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.
The club believe this is the work of a third party who will also face legal action, with the third party rumoured to be Al Fahim and his team of advisers.
The same Saudi Arabian newspaper published a story last week on Portsmouth FC quoting Chairman Al Fahim and the content was later removed.
This report was said to have upset owner Faraj, speculating rumours Al Fahim could be removed from the club this week.
It would end a short but not so sweet stay for the man who has done little to help Pompey since arriving. We can only hope it is true – the man is incompetent.
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