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SBD Global/February 4, 2013/International Football

U.K. Officials Probe FA Seeking Answers To Blackburn Rovers' Takeover By Venky's

U.K. Sports Minister Hugh Robertson and former Home Secretary Jack Straw will push the FA for a "response to concerns they have raised" over Championship side Blackburn Rovers, according to Nick Harris of the London DAILY MAIL. The questions raised by Robertson and Straw concern Blackburn's "descent into chaos" since the club was taken over in Nov. '10 by Indian poultry conglomerate Venky's. Straw is "so incensed by the FA's failure to provide answers" to questions Robertson put to football's governing body last July that he "plans to raise the issue in the House of Commons." Since '11, the FA has been "examining events at Blackburn" in the months following the £23M Venky's takeover. Documents suggest that Venky's "openly admitted knowing little about football" when it bought Rovers. It instead relied on "a number of advisers, both formal and informal" (DAILY MAIL, 2/2).
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