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Monday, June 22, 2009

Change that from English to Emirati Premier League Football

England to Emirates
Another Premier League football club could be passing into Emirati ownership after the official United Arab Emirates news agency WAM reported that Ahmed bin Saqr al-Qassimi, a member of the UAE ruling family, had bought a majority stake in an unnamed club.

Foreign Ownership
Should al-Qassimi take a stake in one of the British-owned clubs in the league it will make overseas investors a majority around the Premier League table.

Ten clubs are in foreign ownership: Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Sunderland, West Ham, Fulham and Manchester City.

60% Stake
According to the report al-Qassimi, a member of the ruling family of the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah (one of the seven emirates of the UAE), would be taking a 60 per cent stake and be appointed honorary chairman this week.

First Manchester City
Last year an Abu Dhabi Sheikh bought Manchester City.

Next Portsmouth
Portsmouth is the subject of a bid from the Abu Dhabi investor, Sulaiman al-Fahim.

Which Club?
A source close to Anfield’s owners denied Liverpool was the club in question.

Which club do you think is the next on the Emirati shopping list?

There’s no doubt about it, a revolution in ownership is gradually taking place and the wealthy Arab football lovers are at the forefront of this movement.

Portsmouth Gets Profile of New Football Club Owner, Sulaiman Al Fahim, ETE.
Is the UAE poised to Buy the Portsmouth FC? Yes! ETE.
Abu Dhabi to Buy Manchester City Football Club, ETE.
Abu Dhabi Purchase of Foreign Football Club Impedes Emirati Identity, ETE.
Video about Manchester City Takeover by Abu Dhabi, ETE.
The UAE Football Team Should Watch this Video from Barcelona FC, ETE.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: Some of the clubs in the English Premier league.