ROMAN Abramovich is disappointed with the outcome of the Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO) vote, according to Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck.
The bid to buy back the freehold of Stamford Bridge from 17,000 shareholders, many of them fans, floundered this afternoon – with Chelsea failing to get the required majority at a CPO meeting.
This despite claims that 2,000 shares had been bought in the last week – all in maximum voting blocks of 100, with the implication that this was done to boost the 'yes' vote.
Mr Buck, who fronted the unsuccessful campaign for a 'yes' vote said: "We always knew that getting 75% was going to be very difficult. That's just the nature of the vote.
Mr Buck, speaking immediately after the result was called by independent tellers, said club owner Mr Abramovich was already aware how events had turned out.
"Roman (Abramovich) is disappointed,” he said. "But he respects that Chelsea Pitch Owners have spoken."
Both representatives of Chelsea's 'yes' vote, and those behind the 'Say No CPO' campaign, said that all parties needed to work together on taking the issue forward.