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The Dutch Football Federation has launched an investigation into the ownership structure of Vitesse Arnhem after the former major shareholder alleged Chelsea had exerted undue influence at the Eredivisie club and had even sought to prevent them from qualifying for the Champions League.

 

The Premier League club and Vitesse enjoy a close relationship, with the Dutch team's owner, Alexander Chigirinsky, a good friend of Roman Abramovich. Chelsea have four players – Bertrand Traoré, Lucas Piazon, Patrick van Aanholt and Christian Atsu – on loan at the GelreDome, with others having spent time there over the first half of this season. The partnership has helped Vitesse to third in the table.

 

A bitter dispute has recently flared up between the former owner Merab Jordania and Chigirinsky, with the former suggesting Chelsea had not wanted the Dutch club to qualify for Europe's elite competition. Uefa regulations prevent owners from entering two teams in one of its competitions.

 

Chelsea have dismissed Jordania's allegations and insist Vitesse are an independent club whose qualification for the Champions League would benefit their loanees' development, but declined to comment publicly on the matter. Jordania's assertions, however, have prompted the Dutch federation, KNVB, to ask its member club to detail their "organisational structure" to ensure the integrity of the local competition.

 

"I want to tell the Vitesse supporters the real story," said Jordania, a former Georgian footballer who saved Vitesse from financial ruin in 2010. "I wanted to reach for the title, but 'London' didn't want that in the end. Ambition is fine, but Vitesse is not allowed to reach the Champions League … I will tell you now why [the manager] Fred Rutten left [last June]. He knew that he wasn't allowed to win the title with Vitesse.

 

"In the winter he brought the team to the top. We had the feeling we needed one more player to win the title, Kelvin Leerdam. The transfer seemed to be a done deal when all of a sudden 'London' intervened. We were not allowed to be too strong. I couldn't explain that to Fred. I had to cover the club and 'London', but it caused a lot of tension and chaos."

 

Jordania also claimed the sale of Wilfried Bony to Swansea last summer was sanctioned to prevent Vitesse qualifying for the Champions League. "I wanted to keep Bony in Arnhem for six more months," he said. "I was in touch with Michael Laudrup, the Swansea manager at the time. I told him it was better that he took Bony in the winter, for Vitesse to start strong in the season, but Bony had to be sold."

 

The Vitesse chairman, Bert Roetert, claimed Jordania's comments read like "a poor 1 April joke".

 


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I'm not quite sure how Chelsea would have been able to intervene to the extent that we were able to derail a title bid or a push for European football.

 

End of the the day it surely still comes down to the players and if they peeled away from a title challenge how much outsider influence can there actually be?

 

Perhaps I am being a bit naive about it all but it's hard not to see this as anything more than sour grapes on the part of Jordania. 

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He sounds like a bitter old man to me. It would do our loan players the world of good to be playing in the Champions league and really testing them against some of the worlds best.

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The worst part is that it doesn't even make sense - we have shown repeatedly in the recent past that we see our youth players as potential financial assets before we see them as potential first team players (or at least they get sold more often than not - I can't say for sure what our intentions are). In light of that, why on earth would we want our youngsters to miss out on the Champions League? Qualifying for, and playing in Europe would only increase their value and exposure which could only be a benefit to us.

 

It is entirely possible that our all-too-convenient relationship with Vitesse has a couple of dubious aspects to it, but I can't imagine telling them to lose on purpose being one of them.

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What I don't understand is why Chelsea wouldn't want Vitesse to be in the UCL

Surely that would benefit all parties.

Our loanees' would get valuable experience which would help them fight for a place at Chelsea or at least get their "value" higher for re sale.

Vitesse would get financial gain as well as the history they would be making

"Uefa regulations prevent owners from entering two teams in one of its competitions"

Well, aren't the clubs owned by different owners???

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The point the guy is trying to make is explained in not so many words here "  Uefa regulations prevent owners from entering two teams in one of its competitions ".

In other words he is trying to say that a certain mr Abramovic owns both clubs. Its a rumour thats been around for quite a while. Along with him also owning a professional russian football team, knowing there whereabouts of tupac and the rights to sponsoring rooneys god awful hair piece.

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Even the bloke he complained about not being able to sign (Leerdam) now plays for Vitesse.

 

How could we have stopped them winning the title exactly? They put out 11 players and if they play sh*te I don't see how we have anything to do with it.

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I'm not sure if this is true but it does depend on the amount of influence Abromovich has over Vitesse. The relationship between Chelsea and Vitesse is not just a "partnership." It's based on business relations and some personal connections. Chelsea do not have a stake in Vitesse directly, so Ambramovich should not be making any decisions for Vitesse. If he has been influencing the club from the outside it would be a big problem.

 

Not sure if this is true either but apparently he doesn't want them to win the league as they would be in the CL next season and has implications of loans and stuff. 

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