I would like to put on record my gratitude, and that of many Arsenal supporters, to Schillings, corporate lawyers extraordinaire.
But for their sterling efforts I suspect that the articles penned by Craig Murray and Bloggerheads would not now be freely circulating the Arsenal community, and the entire blogosphere and beyond. The story also made national television last night.
If you are not entirely internet savvy, a simple Google search will now take you to a large number of places where the offending articles can be read. (You can even read them in their original context thanks to the excellent Google cached pages!)
But for the efforts of this extraordinary firm we would not now be furnished with a lot more background data about the type of man who is apparently making a concerted effort to get control of Arsenal. David Dein must be so proud of the part he has played in bringing this particular wolf to our door. I’m sure Dein’s former colleagues at the Football Association will be swotting up on their own regulations should this bid be successful.
The growing number of sites that have picked up on the story can be found here. The issues have now evolved and this is now more about the issue of freedom of speech than a simple expose of the man who dreams of controlling a football club. (Although from a quality control point of view some would argue that the taking down of the website of Boris Johnson, an innocent party in this, was justification enough!)
Of course precious little of this information would have been seen had Schillings not acted so clumsily. Alisher Usmanov must be wondering how to thank them for their sterling efforts on his behalf. Somewhere I suspect there is an account executive in need of incontinence pants!
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