Expert: Southampton are strategically valuable for Chinese state

12 April 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Fans of Southampton make their way to the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC. Uncertainty remains as to who controls Southampton FC; the Chinese government might be more interested in the port of Southampton than the football club

Uncertainty remains as to who controls Southampton FC; the Chinese government might be more interested in the port of Southampton than the football club.

After Brexit, strategic significance of the club will only increase. China used ownership of Prague club to grow energy company with connections to the Chinese army.

Henrik Lønne loenne@offthepitch.com

In a case that appears to resemble the game of three shells and a pea, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday that the Premier League is investigating where true control of Southampton Football Club currently lies.

This comes after the state-owned Chengdu Assets Supervision and Administration Commission purchased 29.9 percent of Shenzhen-listed Lander Sports, which was founded by Southampton FC’s owner Gao Jisheng.

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