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Portsmouth chairman Al Fahim denies debt arrest reports

Portsmouth non-executive chairman Sulaiman Al Fahim
Sulaiman Al Fahim took control of Pompey last year

Portsmouth's non-executive chairman Sulaiman al-Fahim has dismissed as "nonsense" reports that a warrant for his arrest has been issued in Dubai.

It was reported that Pompey's former Portsmouth owner was wanted in connection with a £1.4m debt.

But al-Fahim, 32, who retains a 10% share in the Premier League strugglers, claims he is not liable.

"I have done nothing wrong, I am not involved," he was quoted as telling a United Arab Emirates newspaper.

Al Fahim completed a buy-out of Portsmouth in August last year, taking over from previous owner Alexandre Gaydamak, but sold to Saudi business tycoon Ali Al Faraj six weeks later on 6 October.

In an unrelated matter, cash-strapped Portsmouth have deliver a detailed statement of their finances to the High Court as they strive to ensure their survival.

Portsmouth - who have reported debts of £60m - survived a winding-up order last week on the condition that they provided a detailed statement of their finances.

They are due back in court on 1 March when Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs will further pursue the winding-up petition.

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