Arsenal powerbroker Usmanov defends foreign owners

Arsenal's second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has defended the Premier League’s foreign owners. Usmanov does not see that as detrimental to the future of the English game.

Arsenal's second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has defended the Premier League’s foreign owners.

Usmanov does not see that as detrimental to the future of the English game.

"It's an artificial question which somebody wants to put on the table. Everyone who has legal right to buy something can perform this right," he told BBC Sport.

"We have Kroenke, [Aston Villa's Randy] Lerner, many, many people and now many Asian owners. I think everyone is comfortable if the club are successful.

"If the club are not successful then, of course, everybody wants to find somebody guilty."

Usmanov added: "I'm sure it is good [for English football],' added Usmanov. 'When investors come and invest in the economy, in British football, it is a big part of the entertainment economy in the United Kingdom.

"What's bad?"

 
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