Akhmetov shocked to learn of Metalist sale

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Dec. 27, 2012, 12:58 p.m. | Sports — by Interfax-Ukraine

Rinat Akhmetov

President of FC Shakhtar Donetsk Rinat Akhmetov has said that he was shocked to learn that Oleksandr Yaroslavsky sold FC Metalist Kharkiv to another owner. 

"I learned of Oleksandr Vladlenovych [Yaroslavsky's] decision to sell the club to another investor the night before a respective official statement. Yaroslavsky phoned me and said that he had made such a decision. I had neither the opportunity nor the time to make him change his mind, and, frankly speaking, this news shocked me. I immediately thought of how it will influence FC Metalist and Ukrainian football in general. Metalist proved to be a team that demonstrates beautiful and bright attacking football, a team with which it's hard to play, and a win over which is especially appreciated," Akhmetov said in a statement, which was posted on the official Web site of Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday.

On December 24, it was reported that the Gas Ukraine group of companies reached an agreement on the acquisition of FC Metalist Kharkiv from businessman Oleksandr Yaroslavsky. On the same day Yaroslavsky said that he had resigned as president of FC Metalist Kharkiv and transferred the commitments on its financing to another investor.

On December 25, the new owner of FC Metalist Kharkiv, Serhiy Kurchenko, stated that he intends to win the Ukrainian Premier League within three years and is ready to buy Kharkiv municipal authorities' share in the Metalist Stadium. 

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