by Rupert Insider
These are photos from the Directors Box at Anfield during the match against Fulham on Saturday 9th December 2006.
The first four show Rabih I. Khoury, Senior Vice President and Head of MENA Investments of Dubai International Capital
The fifth shows Sameer Al Ansari, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai International Capital
The sixth shows one of the first buyers of Duncan Oldham’s phantom, never-to-be-written-let-alone-published book “Anfield Exposed” – at least according to Oldham’s teaser.
The seventh shows the only ex-player Oldham does not claim to be a supporter of Koptalk and buyer of his phantom book. I wonder why not?
And the blonde lady with blue eyes?
That’s Kelly Dalglish according to friend-of-the-stars Oldham!
As you can see, the “KOPTALK.COM” is branded on these photos with red hot irons. Created by Koptalk, eh? Exclusive right? Very impressive! Well done Koptalk!
But why were they not included in the Koptalk story “Dubai V.I.P’s watch Reds batter Fulham” that shot up the Top Stories on News Now in a matter of minutes on Saturday and earned Oldham thousands of revenue-generating hits on the Saturday and Sunday. It’s not like him to be coy about a “scoop”.
This is what that article said :
“Liverpool duo Rick Parry and David Moores will have felt more happier at full-time than they did at half-time.
Sat only a few seats away from them in the director’s box today was D.I.C. chief executive Sameer Al Ansari along with others from the Dubia-based investment group. At half-time it was a miserable 0-0 but by the time 90 minutes had been clocked up, it was an impressive 4-0.
It was certainly an ideal result to have played out before Al Ansari who has the Liverpool FC crest on his mobile phone. He’s a cool character but he showed at full time his appreciation to the Reds who had given him and his colleagues a fine display.”
This is vintage Oldham. Written to suggest without actually saying that he was there rubbing shoulders with the great and the good – close enough socially to tell you that Al Ansari is a cool character and close enough physically to see the crest on his phone.
What Oldham forgot to mention was: “Sameer al-Anwari, chief executive of Dubai International Capital, was joined by two colleagues including Rabih Khoury, who briefly held up his mobile phone so a friend could hear a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone.” According to the Liverpool Daily Post.
They had a photo, too, and no, Dunk, that’s not Britney Spears.
The odd thing was that there were no photos in the Oldham News Now story – only blank spaces.
Yet the photos above are shown behind the closed doors of Koptalk – even today (not that you have to visit now we have shown them all here. In fact we publish anything of interest on Koptalk, even if it is not of interest!).
A cynic might suggest that photos linked by News Now to a Koptalk page open to the public would draw the attention of the true owners of the copyright. Perhaps that’s why they’ve been hidden?
But are we being too harsh – did Oldham pay for the right to brand them and show them to members only? Nah!
If you know who the copyright of these photos belong to let us know and we will check with them.
(Edit: Since I posted this, a blog contributor who wishes to remain anonymous has traced the copyright.
They were all taken by professional photographer Peter Byrne who works for the Press Association (PA). They were not taken by anyone from Koptalk.com nor do they belong to them. Nor do they have exclusive rights to them. Anyone can use them for the payment of a relatively small fee to the PA. But this does not include the right to present them as anything but a PA image.
The PA links to these specific photos can be found here:
There were several more photos from the Fulham match not used by Koptalk and they can be found HERE:
Another contributor, “Kopwank”, had earlier traced the copyright of two of the images to Getty Images. See his post in Comments below. On closer examination it seems that those two images were taken from a fractionally different angle by someone working for Getty. All the images used by Koptalk were from PA.)
Koptalk continues to insinuate that it has information from “Inside Anfield” and that it rubs shoulders with the directors and with investors. Why does it lie? Because it doesn’t have any access to LFC. Its the only unofficial site that charges for publicly available information about LFC. And, as Oldham said himself: “No info = no point!”
(If you’re new to this blog and wonder why we are so cynical, read “Blog v Koptalk” in the tool bar at the top of this page).