x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Sheikh denies link with Premiership football club

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi says he is not buying 60% of an English Premier League club.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi last night said he was not buying 60 per cent of an English Premier League club. The state news agency WAM had said on Sunday night that he was on course to become the third Emirati with a stake in an English side, and that he was to become the unnamed club's honorary chairman. But Sheikh Ahmed has distanced himself from the claim, through WAM. "Chairman of the Ras al Khaimah Customs and Ports Department Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi denied media reports suggesting that he has acquired 60 per cent of an unnamed leading Premier League football club," a statement on WAM said last night.

The Premier League had also said it knew nothing about any intention by Sheikh Ahmed to buy into a club. Speculation in England had suggested he could have helped finance the takeover of Portsmouth, being led by Sulaiman al Fahim. lthornhill@thenational.ae