Spotify CEO Daniel Ek revealed on Saturday that he had applied this week to buy Arsenal, an English Premier League club, but was turned down by US owners.
The idea of Ek, the billionaire founder of the music industry, came less than a month after his public announcement of his desire to buy a North London club, as anger among fans against their owners has been heated for years.
In a photo he shared on his Twitter account, Ek wrote that he had offered a chance to the club, which has US billionaire expert Stan Kroenke, in response to “false reports” that he had not asked for money.
Ek said he made Josh, the son of Kroenke, a director at the club and a deputy for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), and shared them with private banks.
“They replied that they did not want money,” wrote Ek. “I respect their opinion but I remain interested in being available if things change.”
Arsenal, who last won in the Premier League in 2004, have described the previous claims made by KSE, when the club made it clear they were not selling the club or being interested.
Stan Kroenke shared shares in Arsenal in 2007 and ruled four years later. In 2018, he acquired the remaining 30% from Russian steelmaker Alisher Usmanov at a cost of $ 550m, ending a major power struggle between the two.
Arsenal fans have for years been criticizing Kroenkes for not volunteering to make the club compete in the biggest tournaments in England and Europe.
The outcry erupted again last month when Arsenal were one of 12 European clubs to sign a split from Europe. Super League, a plan that collapsed just two days after fans and politicians suffered a setback.
Arsenal were one of seven English clubs, including Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, who quickly left the Super League after being criticized by their supporters.
Separation competition was criticized for being a closed league with a fixed location for its founders, making it difficult for competitors to enter. A few days after the announcement on April 18, Ek expressed his love for the club and expressed his interest in getting it from Kroenkes.
The UK government initiated a split agreement and later drafted a review of the football system that would determine if a private manager was needed for the game. Ek said the donations included “fan ownership, representation on the board and a gold share for his sponsors”.
Tim Payton, a member of the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, asked Josh Kroenke to explain why the request was rejected.
“The direction in which English football is going, the willingness to participate of fans from the state to the Premier League to its supporters, is not in line with the KSE type,” he said. “If he can’t do that, he’d better quit English football.”