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Portsmouth Football Club taken over by CSI

Wed 1st Jun 2011 | Clubs Ownership

Portsmouth Football Club have announced the takeover of the club by Convers Sports Initiatives.

“Convers Sports Initiatives have completed the purchase of Portsmouth Football Club from Sports Holdings (Asia) Ltd,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

The news follows several months of negotiations with CSI owners Vladimir Antonov, Roman Dubov and Chris Akers, who have all passed The Football League’s fit and proper persons test.

Pompey chief executive David Lampitt said: “I am pleased to welcome the club’s new owners and very much look forward to working with them.

“It has been a complex process, which has been conducted very professionally throughout. I’m very pleased that it is now complete and we can start to put plans in place for the future.

“The rebuilding of the club is a long-term project and, in CSI, I believe we have found owners who will take the long-term view that is required.

“We are pleased to be looking ahead but may I also take this opportunity to thank Balu Chainrai, Levi Kushnir and Deepak Chainrai for their contribution in seeing the club through a very difficult period in its recent history.”

Antonov, a Russian banker and investor, founded London-based CSI with Dubov and Akers, a former chief executive at Leeds United.

Among CSI’s other sports properties are the Spyker Squadron motorsport team and North One Sport, a global promoter of major sporting events.

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