Thomas Sandgaard says there is “no merit” in Paul Elliott’s claim that he is the rightful owner of Charlton Athletic.
The American-based Dane took control of the Addicks in late September with the EFL greenlighting the takeover as well as lifting a transfer embargo which had been in place since the start of 2020.
But Elliott issued a statement in which he claimed his legal case – to determine his claim on Charlton – had been settled in his favour in October after Tahnoon Nimer failed to provide court documentation before a deadline.
The court in Manchester had previously heard that Elliott had put around £500,000 into the South London club – then in the Championship – to cover running costs over the summer months.
Elliott, via his company Lex Dominus, was attempting to block the sale of Charlton to any other interested party while he waited for the trial to start on November 23.
Lex Dominus obtained an injunction in mid-September but Sandgaard announced he had acquired the club.
“We always argued that we had a legal agreement to purchase the club and that has now been justified by the making of the court order,” said Elliott in his statement. “Mr Sandgaard has been given notice to leave the club immediately.”
But Sandgaard told talkSPORT today: “It’s pretty entertaining what these guys come up with. Our attorneys have responded – they got two lines back, which I think offended them.
“There’s absolutely no merit to this. The other thing is just noise that I have to deal with but no-one else should have to worry about.
“Any letter from an attorney should be taken seriously. But treat it accordingly. Anyone can claim anything. It’s always a question whether it can be proved in a court of law. We feel as though we’re done with all that.”
The South London Press had been told that the EFL were aware of Elliott’s statement but they have made no comment of their own.
Asked about what the governing body have said to him about it, Sandgaard replied: “Nothing. They probably assume I should be able to take care of it and they shouldn’t need to be involved.
“English football deserves a lot better than what a club like Charlton has gone through in the first half of 2020. That could’ve been avoided – as far as I can tell.”
Elliott’s statement said: “As a result of Panorama Magic General Contracting LLF’s failure to comply with the Unless Order dated October 22 2020, it has been ordered that the defendant’s defence dated 25 May 2020 is struck out in its entirety.
“It is declared, that the written sales and purchase agreement between the claimant (Lex Dominus) and the defendant dated 30 May 2020 in respect of the shares in East Street Investments Limited, is valid and binding – and this means Lex Dominus is the true owner of Charlton Athletic Football Club and, has been since May 30, 2020.
“It means the former directors of East Street Investments, had no authority to sell anything to anyone, not least agree the sale of Charlton Athletic Football Club to Mr Thomas Sandgaard. Put simply, It was not their asset to sell.
“We have written to the club lawyers asking them to inform Mr Sandgaard immediately, and the English Football League.
“We never wanted to get to this position, and we certainly do not wish to cause further distress or disruption to Charlton Athletic or its supporters.
“We have attempted to get all parties around the table to discuss a way forward, but, despite our best efforts and Mr Sandgaard’s statements to the media about doing the right thing’ our efforts have been ignored.
“We always argued that we had a legal agreement to purchase the club and that has now been justified by the making of the court order. Mr Sandgaard has been given notice to leave the club immediately.
“We, as always, remain willing to talk, but we also reserve the right to assert our legal ownership of the club.”
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