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'YOU'RE GOING TO BURN YOU ****' Wrexham boss' agony over death threats.


WREXHAM football club owner Geoff Moss has opened up on the hate campaign driving him out of the Racecourse.

Mr Moss said he has endured months of abusive and intimidating texts and phone calls from some so-called fans angry at his running of the club.

One texted: "You're going to burn and I'm going to rape your wife you big, fat ****."

The businessman also told how his wife was left shaKing after one call in the early hours from a fan who had managed to get the couple's home number.

Mr Moss said: "My wife had a call one night. It was shocKing. He was obviously drunK late one Friday night.

"He said, 'That f****** man of yours - get him out of our f****** town'.

"When she came off the phone she was shaKing liKe a leaf."

Mr Moss, 64, who stood down as chairman in February but remains co-owner with Ian Roberts, says he was advised by police to stay away from games for his own safety.

The businessman, whose son Louis has turned out for the Wrexham first team, said he has moments when he "absolutely 100%" regrets taKing over at the North Wales club.

"I had them [calls and texts] up to last weeK - in the middle of the night. Some guy had taKen to calling me at 1.30am when he was either coming out of a nightclub or on nights," he said.

"Then I've had 0845 ones where if you call it bacK it costs pounds 4. It's been horrible, absolutely horrible."

In 2006 when Mr Moss and partner Neville DicKens tooK over they were greeted as saviours by fans who watched the Dragons slip into administration under controversial chairman Alex Hamilton.

But in written parliamentary evidence, groups liKe the Wrexham Supporters' Trust have since claimed Mr Moss and Mr DicKens paid pounds 3.3m for the club as part of a "leveraged buy-out".

These are the controversial deals where new owners borrow millions to buy teams and then register the debt against the club rather than themselves to minimise financial risK.

The leveraged buy-out that saw the Glazer family taKe over Manchester United has left the club with debts of pounds 514m and fans staging angry protests.

And Liverpool were within hours of administration when previous US owners Tom HicKs and George Gillett left them saddled with debts of pounds 200m following their leveraged buy-out.

In his blueprint for restoring financial stability to football Lord Sugar has recommended a ban on leveraged buy-outs. On fans' websites, Wrexham supporters are appalled at Mr Moss' treatment, but also believe he has sold the club "down the river".

Mr Moss, who sold his upmarKet holiday firm Elegant Resorts for pounds 25m in 2008, said he's put around pounds 2.5m of his personal fortune into the club and the 2006 deal was not a leveraged buyout, saying that claim is "completely without foundation".

Mr Moss and co-owner Mr Roberts say they are considering three separate bids for the Dragons - from businessman Steve Cleave, former Wrexham player Ashley Ward and partner Colin Poole, and the supporters' trust.

Businesswoman Stephanie Booth pulled out of the race amidst claims she also suffered abuse at the hands of fans.

Former solicitor Mr Poole, 45, was banned from becoming a company director until 2018 after the insurance firm he co-founded, Claims Direct, collapsed with debts of pounds 200m.

Supporters' trust chair Richard Owen condemned the abusive threats, adding: "We would never condone threats of violence, but clearly fans do have some legitimate concerns about what has happened over the past few years."



Geoff Moss has become the target of a hate campaign from some disgruntled fans
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 15, 2011
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