Saudi prince abandons Panathinaikos buyout plan
ATHENS (AFP) - Saudi Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz Nasser bin Abdulaziz al-Saud announced on Saturday that he is abandoning plans to buyout financially-troubled Panathinaikos.
The prince said he made the move after the Athens team's shareholders rejected "a very comprehensive and totally guaranteed buyout proposal".
"We tried until the very last day with a barrage of sincere attempts from our part to accomplish the deal, unfortunately the club, revealing its real mood, rejected this request," the prince said in a statement released in Riyadh and issued to the Greek media.
The prince claimed he was ready to immediately invest 28 million euros (S$44.9 million) into Panathinaikos if allowed to gain a minimum 67.5 per cent of the team's shares and to replace the current board of directors of the club.