Premier League - Chelsea deny wrongdoing

Thu, 19 Jan 15:25:00 2012

Chelsea have categorically denied attempting to rig October's vote over the future of the Stamford Bridge freehold.

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A report has named people who allegedly bought a number of shares in Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO) ahead of last year's ballot to decide whether the Blues could buy back the land beneath their current home.

It was claimed these individuals had links to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and club directors, something that had long been alleged.

The Blues lost October's vote in any event, preventing them from being able to move to a new 60,000-seater stadium. But fan-led group CPO, which was set up in 1993 to prevent the club being made homeless by property developers, have since admitted 1,686 shares were issued that should not have been.

There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on Chelsea's part but opponents of their plans have suggested the fairness of the entire CPO sales process has nevertheless been compromised by the accidental overselling of shares.

A club spokesman said: "As we have previously stated, when approached by people asking how they can help, we responded that they should vote in favour of the motion if they have shares, or buy shares and vote in favour of the motion.

"We categorically deny any allegations of wrongdoing against the club or anyone connected to the club."

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