There is nothing quite like pointing out the errors of judgment by pompous celebrities; hence we move on to the former editor of the Daily Mail and America’s Got Talent judge, whose glowing endorsement of a future Pompey owner would prove to inaccurate by several light years.
In early 2009, Piers’ travel show “Pier Morgan On..” aired on British TV. The first episode revolved around Dubai, and featured future Portsmouth owner Sulaiman Al Fahim.
On the show, Fahim showed off his car; a Lamborghini Murcielago. He also made mention of his $2 million number plate, which marked the year his wife graduated from college.
And when concerned Portsmouth fans aired their concerns about Fahim and whether he actually had the financial mettle to keep the club competitive, he simply replied:
“The last time I saw Sulaiman he took me for a spin in his private jet over Dubai, then drove me around in his white, Versace-designed Lamborghini. The guy is so loaded his eyeballs are made of platinum.”
It is mind boggling that a former national newspaper editor could be this gullible, and for a man who is supposed to be a judge of talent, his ability to be taken in so easily has to be worth a million dollar prize.
Fahim has just given up the last portion of his stake in Portsmouth Football Club, and many months after it emerged that the Saudi was not the platinum-oozing saviour that Pompey had yearned for, Piers Morgan finally addressed his role in this disgusting charade.
Of course, only after he finished decrying Tiger Woods for the lack of sincerity in his apology:
“And here's how to make a real apology.
A lot of Portsmouth fans have written to me recently, demanding to know what I have to say about what’s happened to their club after I confidently told them a few months ago not to worry because their new owner, and casual acquaintance of mine, Dubai tycoon Sulaiman Al Fahim, was absolutely loaded.
I’ve been watching carefully as events have unfurled down on the south coast and it’s now absolutely clear to me now that I was talking out of my over-fed, gullible, showbiz derriere.
Fahim didn’t have the cash I thought he had or the cash he promised he had.
Because if he did, he would have spent it.
So I humbly, and sincerely, apologise to all Portsmouth supporters for falsely reassuring you. And I hope, and pray, that something or someone turns up to save your great, proud, historical club from extinction.”
Suddenly, Al Fahim went from being “platinum-eyed” to a “casual acquaintance.”
Self-righteous ranting is a specialty of Mr. Morgan, as his seething rage about Sol Campbell’s decision to walk out on Notts County proved:
“What exactly were you expecting, Sol? A state-of-the-art Dallas Cowboys style stadium with underfloor heating in the gym and 50-foot Jacuzzis?
He's just a selfish git.”
A few months later, the owners vanished into thin air, the millions that were promised never came, and now County stands on the brink of administration.
I hope, and pray, that something or someone turns up to save us from any more Piers Morgan football-related drivel that involves encouraging fans to back doomed takeovers.