Leaver `not leaving League for Spurs'

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THE PREMIER LEAGUE and Tottenham Hotspur yesterday both denied that the League's chief executive, Peter Leaver, was due to take up a prominent post at the club.

"This sounds like something from Fantasy Football," said a League spokesman, in reference to speculation that Leaver had been approached to head one of two consortiums seeking to take control at White Hart Lane.

"Peter is doing a great job at the Premier League and he is firmly committed to his current job," the spokesman added.

Alan Sugar, Tottenham's chairman and majority shareholder, said: "This is just further media speculation that has no foundation in fact. There is nothing further to report."

Meanwhile, English National Investment Company (Enic), the financial group which had an pounds 80m offer for Spurs rejected on Monday, yesterday bought a 55 per cent controlling interest in the Swiss club, Basel.

The acquisition expands Enic's empire to five clubs. It also has a stake in Rangers, Slavia Prague, Vicenza and AEK Athens. The new purchase will anger Uefa, European football's governing body, which wants to outlaw companies owning a stake in more than one club.