Date: 23rd October 2009 at 12:20am
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Before I ‘kick-off’ I must warn you that this is a rant – I am going into one, something that had been building up for days, weeks, well months and if it is a little incoherent it is because I am emotionally drained, and it is hard enough to write most things as it is, emotionally charged makes it more difficult…

It seems like it is one thing after another and I do not know about anyone else but I am just fed with the lot of it now! Well, to be honest I, along with so many of you had long since had enough.

If it is not the English media mixing it up it is the Arabian, which was seemingly relatively creditworthy back along – especially Arabianbusiness.com but this seems to have gone right down the pan and in fact now actually seems, along with a lot of the Arabian media, to be going rapidly downhill only offering up helpings of rubbish, well at least what is ‘claimed’ to be rubbish when it comes about…

I get home from work to see there is something on Arabianbusiness.com titled Pompey owner willing to sell club for ‘additional gains’ – here.

This, from what I can gather is something that the English media had also covered with The Guardian running, then pulling an article on comments and an article claiming to come from Ali Al Faraj to Arabian paper Asharq al-Awsat.

It is ‘said’ that in the article Al Faraj ‘admits’ he is ‘only in it for the money’, he ‘is not a billionaire’, he ‘will sell within 6-months’ and ‘borrowed from several banks’ to raise the £5m back along?

Most of which is ‘said’ to have been denied…

Quotes attributed to Al Faraj, apparently from the Asharq al-Awsat article said: ‘we did not have the 5 million British Pounds, but we agreed with 3 banks to finance the acquisition, and they approved it based on the club financial guarantees we provided, such as annual revenue from TV coverage, and the income of the club Real Estate and other assets. We did not we give these banks any personal guarantee.

‘Our plan is to stay at the club for a period of not less than the 6 months, until the club stands again, which benefiting the club and as well as us, this is based on the fact that purchasing the club was purely aspects of investment, and in the future we may sell it if we get additional gains.’

SAF has in the past week also been quoted in that same Arabian paper, with an apparent ‘war’ between the 10% minority shareholder and the 90% majority owner taking place?

Looking in our forum someone has said that Mark Jacob has been contacted and he has denied any truth to this ‘story’ and an official statement will be released in due course.

The thing that seems to give this little credit is the article is written by Anil Bhoyrul, and is he not a mate of SAF’s? Is this ‘bad blood’ between the new, and former owner being made public with rubbish upon rubbish turned out – although I honestly do not know what to believe anymore and find it hard to trust anyone at the club, it just seems like someone is extracting the urine and we are ‘the mugs’ that are being laughed at all the time!

What I would say though is ‘if’ this is true and Al Faraj seriously thinks that he will be able to make a profitable return on Pompey in 6-months, maybe several years – if at all – then he needs his head looking at as I have more chance of playing in the world cup final than he would of making money on this club by the end of the season! Granted the guy WILL want to make money, that will be his aims and I have no problem with this so long as we benefit too as lets be honest he is not in this out of the kindness of his heart!

All we want is a stable and easy life – something we were promised we would now have? Well actually we were told we would ‘go to a level we would not believe!’ Is it too much to ask for this stable and easy life? Maybe the latest comments and article is rubbish, but like I say who do you believe now?

More than anything now we need actions to follow words a mere ‘denial’ of anything is not going to be enough, people will want, maybe even demand, to start seeing the things that we were told we would see happening actually start happing now and fast as faith could be lost, if it is not already?

Things have become an absolute joke with the club that I love more than most other things, with this becoming a huge embarrassment…

Anyway, sorry for the ‘rant’, I know it is but I just had to get it off my chest. Word came through to me at 1am about Storrie and his charging, so that got the day, well technically the early hours of the morning, off to a ‘bad start’, coming home from work to this just finished it off, but I am all ranted out now!

Sometimes it is good to vent your frustration, so feel free to do so below as well…

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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