By Nick Harris
1 November 2010
The Indian businessman Ahsan Ali Syed has withdrawn his interest in buying Blackburn Rovers, saying he has “not received sufficient cooperation from the club’s representatives.”
A statement released on his behalf today adds: “He remains committed to acquiring a leading football club should the right opportunity arise but in the meantime wishes Blackburn and its fans well for the future.”
Ali Syed said: “I was very excited about the prospect of acquiring Blackburn Rovers and am obviously disappointed with the outcome but I would like to thank all the fans for their support in recent weeks.”
The statement added: “Mr Syed is not available for interview and will not be making any further comment at this stage.”
Sportingintelligence published a Q&A with Syed’s firm in August that highlighted grand ambition but little evidence of solid progress. The BBC subsequently looked into his background and raised further questions.
Blackburn last week announced they are close to a deal with an Indian chicken firm, Venky’s, who remain in pole position to buy Rovers.