Finance guru tells Chelsea to point finger at Paris Saint-Germain amid anti-match-fixing reveal
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly’s involvement with a major Uefa business partner does not constitute a conflict of interest.
That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley speaking exclusively to Football Insider about how there are more concerning examples of conflict of interest elsewhere in European football’s governing body.
Boehly, who sacked Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday (7 September) following defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, led a consortium of American investors to a £2.5billion buyout of Chelsea in May.
The Daily Mail revealed last Friday (2 September) that Boehly also has a stake in Sportradar AG, the company who have helped run Uefa’s anti-match-fixing department for over a decade.
Sportradar also collaborate with Uefa on a commercial basis by providing data to betting companies.
But Plumley points to Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is on the board of Uefa and the European Club Association, to illustrate that there are more worrying conflicts of interest elsewhere.
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“This is one of those things that we should be aware of and have conversations about,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“But on a much more influential level, you have to look at the likes of Nasser Al-Khelaifi who is on the board of Uefa and is also very much front and centre of PSG.
“That is more of a conflict of interest issue than this one is because that is a very senior and influential position.
“But I think there should always be a conversation about this sort of thing where there is this sort of connection.”