Date: 8th February 2011 at 5:07pm
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The ‘rumours’ of an interest from Russian investors was something that, if I am honest, I thought was nothing more than just that, rumours…

Although it would ‘seem’ that there is more to this than meets the eye, so perhaps the Russians are coming?

Investment group Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI), which is a company co-founded by Roman Dubov and Vladimir Antonov, with former Leeds CEO Chris Akers also a part of it, have confirmed an interest in owner a football club, with Pompey an option it would seem.

Akers has issued a statement that confirms an interest: ‘Convers Sports Initiatives has always been interested in English football and it is widely known that we have been actively seeking to acquire a suitable club.

‘We have held talks with representatives from several clubs, including Portsmouth FC, however we cannot comment any further on the status of any of these negotiations.’

Antonov, when talking to The News, confirmed that they are interested in taking over a football club but did not say which one: ‘I would like to stress that if we do acquire control of a football club, we will dedicate our collective knowledge, skills, contacts and appropriate resources to make the chosen football club successful. This will always be our priority.

‘Convers Sports Initiatives has a long history and association with various sports around the world.

‘This accumulated experience and knowledge will benefit the selected football club, its players, employees and partners involved, but most of all – the club’s loyal fans and the community.’

Apparently, having previously denied any such interest from the Russians, David Lampitt has confirmed that talks of some kind have taken place and owners to replace Balram Chainrai, who has angered SOS Pompey by saying those that joined their protest are not fans – not the wisest of things to say, could happen.

Well, what can you say?

All I can say at this time is ‘here we go again’…


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