Plan to acquire the financially-troubled Athens team is abandoned after shareholders reject "comprehensive" buyout proposal.
Saudi prince abandons Panathinaikos football club buyout
The prince said he made the move after the Athens team's shareholders rejected "a very comprehensive and totally guaranteed buyout proposal".
"We tried until the very last day with a barrage of sincere attempts from our part to accomplish the deal, unfortunately the club, revealing its real mood, rejected this request," the prince said in a statement released in Riyadh and issued to the Greek media.
The prince claimed he was ready to immediately invest ?28 million into Panathinaikos if allowed to gain a minimum 67.5 per cent of the team's shares and to replace the current board of directors of the club.
His plans later called for a further investment into constructing a new stadium at a cost of ?150m and pledging another ?40m in player signings.
Current Panathinaikos president media and shipping magnate Giannis Alafouzos, who has formed a fan ownership structure for the team, claimed he was "allergic" to the ideas of the prince and has threatened legal action against him.
"We wish that those who rejected us will be able to stand up to the occasion and lead the team the way it deserves," Prince Faisal said.