Beligian investor lined up as players consider their futures

Via David Lewis: Belgian billionaire Roland Duchatelet is reportedly at the centre of the group looking to purchase the Roar off the embattled Bakrie Group it emerged today. Duchatelet, 68, is the majority owner of a number of across Europe with Charlton Athletic being the highest profile along with other clubs in Belgium, Germany, Spain and Hungary.

Representatives of Brisbane’s current owner have reportedly been in Europe trying to tie up a deal for the past two weeks but progress has stalled as things seemingly turn from bad to worse back here with some players reportedly considering their futures at the club.

In the same article, Lewis hinted that some of the playing staff are fed up with the current saga and are considering their futures at the club should things drag out for much longer. No players were named, but it’s understandable that some are growing tired of worrying about being paid.

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5 Comments on “Beligian investor lined up as players consider their futures”

  1. Chopper says:

    I think that the players leaving is a media beat up. Where would they go in all seriousness. The A League clubs have all but filled their rosters, If any were able to go to Europe they would be there already. Several of the more senior players are close to retirement and the young ones may have potential but for the majority it is untapped. Their payment may be late but they could end up worse off with overseas clubs that fail to pay for far longer. Ask yourself why Ivan Franic returned to Oz and signed for Melbourne City or why Babalj and Juric initially came back.
    As for FFA taking over that will not happen til the last thing and certainly til after the Jets sale goes through.

  2. Waz says:

    Well here we are a week later and no progress. We all thought D-Day was two weeks ago with pay day, then last week it was “all going to be sorted this week” and here we are – another Monday due tomorrow and we are still in crisis. And the worst crisis of all will be if the Bakries decide to hold on to the club which will inspire the biggest mass boycott of a club in Australian football history. Time for this all to end.

  3. brisman says:

    Back from my ‘hols’ and nothing seems to have changed except for Luke walking away.

    • Scott says:

      That’s about it yeah. The whole FFA v pfa thing has taken over, giving the bakries exactly what they want, silence.

      Should all come back to the surface next week with wages due and the gambaros law suit.

  4. brisman says:

    Its about time that one way or another this impasse was resolved for good.


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