The long-discussed event is a fact. Sparta owner Daniel Křetínský bought a minority stake in West Ham, England, where Czech representatives Tomáš Souček , Vladimír Coufal and Alex Král also play . The successful Czech now owns 27 percent of the London club. According to the British media, entering West Ham is an investment worth about 150 million pounds (4.43 billion crowns).
West Ham confirmed the deal on its website. Křetínský and business partner Pavel Horský will be members of the Board of Directors of WH Holding Ltd. Křetínský acquired 27 percent of the club through 1890s Holdings. Both clubs with which it is now affiliated were founded in the 1990s – Sparta 1893 and West Ham 1895.
According to one of the versions, Křetínský is to gradually take over the entire club. The total investment should thus climb to 20 billion crowns, which is now the overall appreciation of West Ham.
“I am pleased that this significant acquisition has been successfully completed. As a passionate football fan, I really appreciate the exceptional history and traditions of West Ham United, as well as its loyal and enthusiastic fan base and the very inspiring role that the club plays in many social programs and initiatives, “said Daniel Křetínský in an official statement for the club.
“The development and growth of the club in recent years is clearly visible to everyone and I am glad that I was given the opportunity to participate in the successful future of this club. After recently visiting London Stadium and watching David Moyes’ team, I know it’s great to be part of the West Ham United family. I feel honored that I now have the opportunity to help everyone who works here and build on the proud traditions of this large club, “added Křetínský.
Details about Křetínsky’s entry into West Ham are written by the iSport.cz website.