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Vitesse denies that Russian businessman Abramovich knew about the financing

MOSCOW, March 30 – RIA Novosti. On the official website of the Dutch football club “Vitesse” spoke In a statement stating that he has no knowledge of the companies owned by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich providing indirect financing between 2010 and 2016.

newspaper used to be Guardian Citing financial reports leaked to the network by a Cypriot investment firm, he said Abramovich had given Vitesse at least 117m euros at the end of 2015 through offshore entities. The club’s total turnover in the 2014/15 season was 14 million euros. During this period, Vitesse was Chelsea’s partner club, which gave players on loan to the Dutch team.

“According to the annual reports released, during the period in question Vitesse received a bonus from a holding company. According to the Guardian, this holding was financed by Marindale Trading Limited, of which Mr. Chigirinsky is the sole beneficiary. Vitesse knew nothing about how this company was financed. He does not have any loan agreement,” the statement said.

Vitesse also states that previously the Royal Netherlands Football Association was unable to detect any financial irregularities on behalf of the club after two investigations.

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Abramovich has owned English Chelsea since the summer of 2003. In early March 2022, a Russian businessman announced that he was putting the club up for sale due to sanctions due to events in Ukraine. The agreement to transfer Chelsea from Abramovich’s ownership to the American Todd Boely consortium officially expired at the end of May. Under Abramovich, the London club has won the English title five times, won the FA Cup five times and the English League Cup three times, as well as the Champions League and Europa League twice.

Source: Ria

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