THE Danes have arrived in Chester claiming they are the victims of a hate campaign by some Blues fans.
Members of Fodbold Selskabet, the Danish consortium wishing to be granted the lease for the Deva Stadium, will meet Cheshire West and Chester Council officials today to put forward their case for using the ground.
But they have been met with opposition from Chester supporters backing the rival City Fans United bid.
Henning Bickham, managing director of Fodbold Selskabet, said: “We have received various threatening mails, aimed at both ourselves and our families, from people who refer to themselves as CFU members.
“All mails have English IP addresses and will from now on be a matter for the local police to handle. In this way, innocent CFU members will also be cleared of any suspicion, and those responsible will be charged.”
A Cheshire Police spokesperson told The Chronicle they had not received any complaints, while CFU has distanced itself from the claims.
CFU press officer Jeff Banks, whose group will also meet the council this morning, said: “CFU is not aware of this and we would not advocate anything like this. But I’m sure the police will deal with if it becomes a matter for them.”
Bickham made the claims in a statement released to The Chronicle which attempts to shed light on why the Danes believe they are the rightful custodians of the council-owned Deva – and not the CFU fans’ group.
Bickham said his group contained 320 Danish-only shareholders with a passion for English football, ranging from students to businessmen
He denied that Fodbold Selskabet were working with the Vaughan family, the former owners of the now-defunct Chester City FC, but admitted his group had received advice from Gary Metcalf, the close friend of Stephen Vaughan Snr who was once unveiled as the Blues’ new owner only for the deal to bite dust.
Fodbold Selskabet, according to Bickham, has “economic funds that are incomparable” in place for their proposed full-time club, and claim to have “reached an agreement about buying all actives in the old club” and “as such own all inventories on Deva Stadium, from locker rooms and toilet facilities to furniture seats, carpets and lights – basically everything apart from the pitch, the walls and the roof.”
But council spokesperson Ian Callister said: “There does appear to be some misunderstanding. Not surprisingly this authority has already agreed with the administrator to buy the moveable assets at the Deva Stadium.”
Fodbold Selskabet will be represented by treasurer Kenni Hansen and vice-chairman Christoffer Baadsgaard at today’s meeting at County Hall. Chairman Chris Pilsbury, vice-chairman Mike Vickers, communications support David Evans and fundraising officer Jim Green will represent CFU.
Council leader Mike Jones, chief executive Steve Robinson and Cllr Richard Short, along with two independent businessmen and an advisor with experience of establishing a ‘phoenix club’, will weigh up the bids – before announcing which party has been handed the keys to the Deva early next week.
Officials from CFU and Fodbold Selskabet confirmed to The Chronicle that their groups are only interested in operating a club at the Deva Stadium. Playing elsewhere is not an option.
Click on www.chesterchronicle.co.uk for a transcript of the Danes’ statement to The Chronicle.