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War of words: Dale Vince versus Simon Jordan


Forest Green owner Dale Vince and former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan have locked horns on national radio.

The outspoken duo clashed live on talkSport following Vince’s honest admission that he is accidentally funding the disruption of Premier League games by Stroud-based Just Stop Oil protesters.

In an open reveal on talkSPORT, Vince told Jim White and Jordan that he was approached by organisers of the campaign group to help with funding.

Vince told talkSPORT: “I had a chat a few weeks ago with the people who founded this, they live in Stroud, people that I know.

“They reached out and said, ‘We want to start a new campaign, would you help us with a bit of cash?’ And I did.

“What they didn’t say to me was that they were planning to disrupt football matches.

“It is amusing to me that I seem to have my fingerprints on this accidentally.”

Vince added: “I am accidentally funding the disruption of Premier League games.

“I am willingly funding the organisation. When I spoke to them they didn’t say to me, ‘This is what we plan to do’. They didn’t need to – I don’t try to control what people do when I help them with their campaigns.

“They haven’t asked for any more money, I think it was £10,000 to get them going or something like that.

“I support their aims – and I don’t really have a problem with what they are doing as long as it is non-violent protest.

“Disruption is part and parcel of protest, it is how you get attention and draw attention to really big issues which transcend football.”

In response, Jordan accused Vince of being “smug” with Rovers’ chief responding by wholeheartedly refuting Jordan’s accusation.

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