Controversial Oldham Athletic owner Abdallah Lemsagam has opened talks with interested parties to sell the ailing League Two club after receiving a death threat, including a bullet.
The handwritten letter, seen by Sky Sports News, was sent to Boundary Park and was signed by a group of fans calling themselves “The Anonymous Group”.
His brother Mohamed Lemsagam, Oldham’s sporting director, also received a personal letter threatening him and his family, accompanied by a bullet.
Oldham reported the letters to police on Tuesday afternoon and officers are scheduled to visit the club on Wednesday.
Abdallah Lemsagam, who is also the president, said Sky Sports News that “it is no longer about football” and that he has entered into early discussions with two interested parties.
Lemsagam says he has invested more than £ 5million since buying the club in 2018, but his first season at the helm has resulted in League One being relegated.
Oldham – who were founding members of the Premier League – are now at risk of withdrawing from the Football League altogether and are at the bottom of the fourth tier.
In November, Keith Curle became the ninth manager to lose his job since Lemsagam bought the club, and supporters staged a number of large-scale protests against his property, including numerous pitch invasions, tennis balls throws on the playing surface and staging. of a mock burial.
In a statement posted on the club’s website, Lemsagam admitted to making mistakes and that he will now address potential candidates.
“Since I bought the club four years ago, I have invested money and time in trying to cleanse the club of all its historic problems,” Lemsagam wrote. “There was a lot.
“Although this work takes place behind the scenes, it is now almost complete with only the north stand issue to be resolved.
“I have invested in the litigation process and that may require a court to rule to get justice for the club and get back what is rightfully theirs.
“On the gaming side, things haven’t gone the way I wanted them to over the past four years, to say the least. I’ve made mistakes and won’t look for excuses – we are where we are.
“In the short term, my focus now is on improving the squad to lead the relegation battle we find ourselves in right now.
“In the medium term I can see that my property has caused unrest within the club and the fans. I want the best for the club and I think the best for the club is that it is now passed on to new owners. .
“My team talks to some credible bidders and I’m happy to talk to others.
“I would ask every part of the fanbase to support the team. Whatever you think of me, it is in everyone’s best interests that our great club wins this battle.”