EXCLUSIVE: UAE tycoon in hospital amid Pompey wages crisis

Owner Sulaiman Al Fahim taken ill as club execs take out emergency loan.
EXCLUSIVE: UAE tycoon in hospital amid Pompey wages crisis
By Anil Bhoyrul
Fri 02 Oct 2009 10:59 AM

Portsmouth chairman Sulaiman Al Fahim has been admitted to a Dubai hospital, Arabian Business has learnt.

The 32-year-old tycoon, who sealed his takeover of the Premier League club just last month, was brought into the hospital late on Thursday night and is currently under-going tests.

A series a photographs obtained by Arabian Business show Fahim being treated by medical staff and later on his own.

In two of the photographs seen, Fahim is sleeping alone in what appears to be the emergency room although he is not attached to any drips.

Another photograph – which we have decided to publish – shows the medical tag attached to Fahim’s hand, which the name “Fahim, Sulaiman”. The tag has the reference number 4/18/1977, which is also his date of birth.

Hospital sources have confirmed Fahim is being treated there but would not say what for.

On Thursday Fahim was at the centre of a financial storm after revelations that some Portsmouth players had not been paid on time. The news led to claims from the club’s CEO Peter Storrie that the club has “no money left.”

Fahim is also known to lead a very heavy travel schedule. He returned to Dubai on Monday night after the previous week travelling across three continents, including North America, South America and Europe.

Fahim was last publicly seen at the


CEO Middle East Awards in Dubai

on Monday evening, where he joked to reporters that he had collected “more air miles than a commercial pilot".

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