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Russian Billionaire to Sell Reading Football Club for £1

Published: May 27, 2014 (Issue # 1812)



  • Reading Football Club's Madejski Stadium.
    Photo: Richard Croft / Wikicommons

Russian billionaire Anton Zingarevich is reportedly willing to sell his majority stake in Reading Football Club a cut price after The Royals missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

Anton Zingarevich, the son of St. Petersburg-based paper billionaire Boris Zingarevich, has offered his 51 percent share for £1, but the low price tag is somewhat misleading because the new owner would have to take on the club's £38 million debt, The Independent reported Monday.

Zingarevich's Thames Sports Investments bought a majority share in the club in 2012 and has reportedly invested £25 million since then, the report said.

More optimistic supporters saw the takeover as a sign that an age of prosperity could be in store of the Berkshire club, but big name signings failed to arrive and the team was relegated at the end of the 2012-2013 season after just one year in the top flight.

When announcing his intention to sell his majority stake in 2009, former owner and current chairman of the club Sir John Madejski said he would welcome offers from "billionaires only," Bloomberg reported.

"Millionaires need not apply," he said.

Zingarevich's offer has already attracted bidders from India and Israel, according to The Independent.





 


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Saturday, Oct. 25


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Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


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