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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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