|other names||Laurence Bazini|
|Date of Birth||April 8, 1970|
|Birmingham City Stadium Ltd|
|Other ListCo Appointments|
Laurence Bassini (formerly Laurence Bazini) is a British businessman.
Bassini was made bankrupt in 2007 following the failure of his business The Fox, which was based in Ibstone near High Wycombe. Bassini was bankrupt for a period of about one year and at this changed his surname Bazini to Bassini as a “fresh start“.
He purchased Watford Football Club in on 31 May 2011 for £440,000 when the club’s previous parent company Watford Leisure PLC was de-listed from the London Stock Exchange and became Watford Leisure Limited.
Bassini’s tenure at Watford was marked by allegations of financial impropriety, which culminated in the “Safegate” scandal when just prior to the sale of the club in June 2012, Bassini called the police after an employee refused to hand him the keys to the club safe.
Bassini sold Watford to Gino Pozzo in June 2012.
In November 2012, it was announced the £1.5 million Bassini owed to Watford Football Club for ‘cash advances’ was unlikely to be repaid.
In March 2013, an independent disciplinary commission found Bassini guilty of misconduct and dishonesty over financial dealings on behalf of Watford and banned him from being involved in a position of authority with any Football League club for three years.
The commission found he had been “dishonest in his dealings with the league and with his fellow directors” and “practised secrecy and deception” when he told neither the league nor the other members of the Watford board about his secret forward financing arrangements.
Since his ban has ended, Bassini has been involved in attempts to buy Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic. Neither of these bids were successful.
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