x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Portsmouth surprise at Gaydamak allegations

Portsmouth are adamant there is no dispute over Alexandre Gaydamak's ownership of the club and say they are "surprised" the Premier League have decided to seek further clarification of the matter.

Portsmouth are adamant there is no dispute over Alexandre Gaydamak's ownership of the club and say they are "surprised" the Premier League have decided to seek further clarification of the matter. The Premier League, whose rules contain the clause that people in charge of clubs must pass a "fit and proper persons" test, are contacting Portsmouth following media reports in Israel. Gaydamak took control of the club in January 2006 but a tabloid in Israel published a report citing Portsmouth as one of the assets of his father, Arkadi, a reputed billionaire and controversial political figure. But a Pompey spokesman said: "Alexandre is the 100% owner of the club and his father has never had any dealings with it."