Swiss club Neuchatel Xamax owes 3.2 million francs ($3.6 million) in unpaid debt, with most of the bills dating back to after the club was taken over by Chechen Bulat Chagaev, Le Matin en Dimanche reported on Sunday.

"/> Swiss club Neuchatel Xamax owes 3.2 million francs ($3.6 million) in unpaid debt, with most of the bills dating back to after the club was taken over by Chechen Bulat Chagaev, Le Matin en Dimanche reported on Sunday.

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Chechen-owned Swiss club Xamax owes $3.6m

Swiss club Neuchatel Xamax owes 3.2 million francs ($3.6 million) in unpaid debt, with most of the bills dating back to after the club was taken over by Chechen Bulat Chagaev, Le Matin en Dimanche reported on Sunday.

The newspaper cited an extract from the debt recovery office indicating the sum owed to 25 creditors ranging from the tax office, hotels and property agents. 

Most of the bills “date after May 12th, the day that Bulat Chagaev took over control officially,” the report claimed.

Chagaev’s lawyer Francois Canonica explained that the debt arose from legal cases linked to the club’s former administrative staff.

“All companies have them. In our case, the opposition has not been lifted and the procedures have not moved on,” he said.

As for unpaid bills to suppliers, the lawyer added that these would be settled “today or tomorrow.”

“These debts do not put Xamax in danger,” he added.

Chagaev became a board member of the club in May and sacked the entire coaching staff moments after the side had lost 2-0 to Basel. He brought in the present coaching team in June after he took overall control of the club.

The behaviour of the Chechen has been widely discussed in Switzerland.

In one report on August 28th, news website 20 minutes said that Xamax players have admitted to being petrified by Chagaev with one of them claiming he feared for his life.

Chagaev had allegedly stormed into the changing room following Neuchatel’s draw with Lausanne a day earlier and terrorised them while he had to be physically restrained by his armed bodyguards from assaulting the coach Joaquin Caparros.

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
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Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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