The Courier-Mail

Fong push to speed up Roar sale

- MARCO MONTEVERDE

BRISBANE Roar chairman Chris Fong is in Paris in an attempt to speed up the sale of the A-League club.

A source close to the club has revealed Fong, the senior vice-president of Roar’s owners the Bakrie Group, had weekend meetings in the French capital, with negotiatio­ns to continue this week.

The consortium interested in buying the Roar includes overseas and Australian investors.

It’s understood the sale has been delayed because of legal issues currently clouding the club and another “parallel” transactio­n.

The Courier-Mail has also been told an earlier attempt to sell the club, worth $18 million and brokered out of Italy and Germany by Fong and other Bakrie representa­tives, had collapsed.

The Bakrie Group is keen to finalise the Roar deal as soon as possible to settle their debts with some creditors.

The Queensland Rugby Union is taking legal action against the Roar for unpaid Ballymore tenancy rent.

The matter is set for the Supreme Court on August 19, with the QRU attempting to have the club wound up.

As revealed by The CourierMai­l last week, former Roar managing director Sean Dobson, who quit the club in May, has been appointed the chief financial officer of the QRU.

“If the QRU have a problem with Bakrie then they are clearly misguided,” Fong said.

“The owners injected a considerab­le amount of funds into the club and this was 100 per cent managed by Sean Dobson.

“It is very sad to see trust has been treated in this manner especially in the way he suddenly departed from the club.”

Roar are believed to be close to making an announceme­nt about a major new club sponsor.

Brisbane meet Western Sydney Wanderers in an FFA Cup round of 32 clash in Penrith tomorrow night.

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