Hameds may launch rescue for Wednesday

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Sheffield Wednesday, who announced this week that they are £10.7m in the red, could be saved from financial ruin by boxing's Hamed brothers. Riath, Nabeel and Naseem, who recently relinquished his World Boxing Organisation featherweight title, have expressed interest in coming to the aid of the club, who are bottom of the First Division.

Sheffield Wednesday, who announced this week that they are £10.7m in the red, could be saved from financial ruin by boxing's Hamed brothers. Riath, Nabeel and Naseem, who recently relinquished his World Boxing Organisation featherweight title, have expressed interest in coming to the aid of the club, who are bottom of the First Division.

The Sheffield-based Hameds, led by Riath, who is Naseem's business manager and who is also the front-man of Prince Promotions, are considering forming a consortium to buy into Wednesday. Riath said: "We are interested in looking at the club in terms of doing something constructive with it, but there are a lot of things of interest to us in Sheffield and this is just one of them. Sheffield Wednesday are an institution in the city and it would be a shame to let the club go to waste.

"But this is not about showing our colours and putting one club before the other. We are Sheffield fans and we support both the clubs."

Riath denied any link with the Leeds-based telecommunications tycoon, Jeffrey Samuel, whose name was initially mentioned, but who is now understood to have shied away from the Hillsborough club.

However, Riath is confident that, along with his brothers and any other business partners who go in with them, they can help Wednesday return to their former glories.

"We have been talking with a lot of people for a long time. This is not something we have only just thought about," Riath added. "Our reasons for doing it are because we are from Sheffield and there is a parochial link. It is also still a big club, but there is no quick fix.

"Obviously nobody is looking at this as a quick profit-making scheme. We would have a long-term strategy plan to turn the club round and put it on the road to recovery."

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