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Everton owner Farhad Moshiri’s finances being reviewed by Treasury’s sanctions police

The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has been reviewing Everton owner Farhad Moshiri’s finances, reports the Guardian.

The British-Iranian businessman is attracting interest from the Treasury’s sanctions police due to his links with Alisher Usmanov.

The Russian-Uzbek billionaire’s holding company USM entered a five-year deal with Everton for the naming rights of the club’s training ground Finch Farm in 2017.

The Goodison Park club suspended its sponsorship ties with USM in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine last March.

The United Kingdom, European Union and United States also sanctioned Usmanov as a result of the invasion.

He has been barred from entering the UK since September 2021 and was widely regarded as a key Everton investor.

The club’s auditor BDO stepped away from signing off the club’s accounts last year, raising questions over the club’s financing and ownership.

OFSI were notified about Moshiri as a result, and he has since hired a legal team.

The Everton owner is under pressure to sell the club after they came close to getting relegated in back-to-back campaigns.

The Toffees survived the drop on the last day of the last two seasons, and the fans have had enough.

Moshiri is not looking to sell the club but wants equity investment to boost the construction of their new stadium.

US investment group MSP Sports Capital have entered an exclusivity agreement with Everton over a deal over funding.

Moshiri wants to bring in outside expertise, with the stadium expected to cost around £760 million.

However, OFSI’s interest in his finances could change plenty of things.

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