There's lot's of things that just don't add up in the #DerbyCounty story (not just the balance sheet)!


Fortunes squandered
Rules bent/broken
Financial Engineering

It's not the first time the poor DCFC fanbase have been exposed to these c*nts
I was reminded of this incredible story from the mid 2000's that had passed me by at the time... but could be instructive of things to come.

- MD Nissan
- Fraud/Financial Engineering
- Offshore
- Loans/Mortgages on the stadium
- Dodgy solicitors & administrators

The story about #MichaelHunt the biggest (uncovered) theft in the UK from #Nissan

Money Laundering through Swiss Trusts & banked in #Panama then loaned back to #QPR and #DCFC is the stuff of Spy movies!

@david_conn Nissan don't come out of this well - Anyway, moving on...💸⚽️
That story about #ABC Corporation and secretive offshore loans to UK Football clubs is the kind of stuff @DuffofBrentford & @tariqpanja write about in #FootballsSecretTrade

#MichaelTabor #PhilipGreen #Vibrac etc
Shadow control of Premier league clubs through financial leverage
That generation, the likes of;
#RobertMaxwell former DCFC owner
#TinyRowland (father of the partner of #MelMorris) #MohamedAlFayed
#AdilNasir etc etc
They were the forerunners in the cold war days of these new shady characters that live #Offshore 💸⚽️🌴
#QPR are also involved in that #ABC Corporation mysterious offshore loan scandal

Huge interest rates burdening an already 💰 broken club with additional debt (Like a drug dealer loaning a junkie money so the junkie can buy more drugs from the drug dealer & run up a bigger tab)!
"The Murky World of Football Finances"

There's so many scandals, it's hard to keep track!

Have a read of this story 👀

It's Organised Crime in different guises.

The Gangsters and the Suits 💰🌴⚽️…
In terms of #OrganisedCrime

What ties that #QPR story of gangsters and guns in the boardroom, businessmen with shady contacts and offshore money men.

#AndyBarker #AdamsFamily #Samuelson #MenWhoSellFootball #Beresovsky #DavidHunt #WestHam

So back to #DCFC

I did a speculative thread a little while ago when #ErikAlonso and #ChristopherSamuelson were sniffing around a vulnerable and indebted #derby

The lineage is striking to me...

Gangster & Suits
Offshore, Bankers, Trusts

The brilliant @david_conn spells that saga involving #ABCCorporation #Offshore #Derby #QPR here...

Well worth a read - Remind you of that documentary by @AJIunit recently about #Samuelson

Rinse & Repeat 🔄💸🌴⚽️…
I put this together nearly a year before that great investigative documentary came out #Samuelson

Could be a rough script!

And here's so much more too 💸🌴⚽️

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Football administrators are an interesting bunch!

Some real 'characters' 👀💰

Imagine some of the scenarios they uncover and have to deal with!

#DCFC #GeraldKransner #Begbies #RayHocking

Here's #Krasner discussing the #WiganAthletic situation with one of the fans who pushed hard & tried to uncover what the fuck went on with Wigan! 💸🤯⚽️


#StanleyChoi #Socios #PaulPhua #Restis #Shinawatra #Gambling #CapitalFlight #Football

#Tetris & #Candycrush

#RobertMaxwell & #MelMorris

#Wang & #DCFC

Behind the front of the football club, there are commercial deals that seem to possibly link (or at least have parallels) 🤔

#LenBlavatnik making a film about it #DAZN #BTSport ⚽️

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Have done since the 1980's ⚽️

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