Fans 'would rather have Luftwaffe back in Portsmouth than Chainrai'
Published 22:29 05/03/12 By Alex Crook
Portsmouth fans are threatening a boycott if former owner Balram Chainrai takes charge of the crisis club again.
Chainrai will this week hold talks with administrator Trevor Birch about a return to Fratton Park to save debt-ridden Pompey from liquidation.
Many supporters blame the Hong Kong-based businessman for the latest financial meltdown and would prefer to see the club go BUST than return to his control.
Bob Beech, chairman of fans’ group SOS Pompey, said: “I’d rather have the Luftwaffe back in Portsmouth than Balram Chainrai.
“I’m getting loads of calls, emails and text messages from fans saying they will boycott if he takes over and we will stage a mass season-ticket bonfire. We cannot have this man back under any circumstances.
“And if it is a choice of Chainrai or liquidation, most supporters would rather form a new club and wipe the slate clean.
“If he takes over and we don’t go into liquidation now it will happen in six months to a year. You are delaying the inevitable.”
Chainrai is owed almost £20million from selling Pompey to Russian banker Vladimir Antonov in June and knows he won’t receive a penny if the 2008 FA Cup winners go belly up.
The south coast club were forced into administration for the second time in as many years after Antonov was arrested as part of a £270m fraud probe and saw his assets frozen.
Chainrai said: “I am going to be a very reluctant owner again but it is only for an interim period. If I don’t do it, the club is going to be liquidated.
“I would prefer somebody else to come in and buy the club and keep it going. I am quite upset to see the club in this state.”
Chainrai put Pompey into administration in 2010 after they defaulted on a repayment of a £17m loan. He insisted he is not to blame for their latest crisis.
Chainrai added: “I stepped in and lent money to the football club when no bank would lend them a pound.”
Birch has warned that Pompey – £50m in the red – face not being able to fulfil their Championship fixtures after discovering a £2.2m parachute payment from the Premier League was owed to another ex-owner, Alexandre Gaydamak.