PR Overdrive at Pompey

Ignore the hype. Ignore the sad hypocrisy of the crocodile tears and the valiant claims such as “I will not allow this historic club to go out of business,” emanating from the biggest vested interest of them all. Translate the  sentence. It reads, “I will not allow my front loaded debt to go down the drain.” Balram Chainrai is on a ‘charm offensive’. He has bought himself acres of publicity this weekend in order to yet again paint himself as the victim of circumstances, a reluctant owner, whose sentimental attachment to our battered old club prevents him from allowing it to finally be put out of its misery. You wouldn’t do to an old dog what Chainrai is prepared to do to Pompey. These tears over the twitching corpse would make even Ken Bates pause and check the credibility monitor. Pompey has been on death row since September 2009 when the unholy struggle for control of the club, orchestrated by the recently re-emerging Peter Storrie, began. Between October 2009 and January 2010 Balram Chainrai’s Portpin had attained a £17m charge on all Portsmouth Football Club assets for loans to the club’s then owners, Falcondrone. Falcondrone hid its identity off shore, behind the mirage of Ali Al Faraj. Pompey fans uncovered an alliance of Israeli business connections behind this supposedly Saudi front. No Bank would lend the club money at the point in...

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