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Wed 16 Nov 2011 06:18 PM

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Blackburn Rovers deny deal talks with Qatari royals

Owners of English Premier League club issue statement dismissing sale reports

Blackburn Rovers deny deal talks with Qatari royals
Blackburn fans protest against their manager Steve Kean after the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City at Ewood Park on October 1, 2011. (Getty Images)

The owners of English Premier League football club Blackburn Rovers have denied meeting representatives of the Qatar royal family to discuss a possible takeover.

The Rovers' owners, Indian-based Venkys, said in a statement posted on the official club website that they have no intention of selling the club.

Anuradha Desai of Venkys said: "There have been reports that someone from the royal family of Qatar was in India to meet us and discuss the possibility of buying the club.

"We would like to clarify that there is absolutely no truth in these reports. No-one from Qatar - or anywhere else - visited us."

The Desai family bought Rovers for a fee of around £23m last November before firing then manager Sam Allardyce and putting Steve Kean in charge.

A year on, Blackburn are in the relegation zone of the Premier League after just one win from 11 matches this season and fans have held regular protests calling for change at the top.

Desai added: "We have no intention of selling and are totally commited to the club. There is no possibility of us selling the club."

Blackburn Rovers are the second Premier League club linked with Qatar this season following reports - denied by the Gulf state - that Manchester United were being targeted for investment.

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