Footballer ‘just missed’ Abramovich on Arran

Visitor Denis O'Donoghue meets Mr Abramovich with his bike during his visit to Arran in 2015.

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Former footballer Pat Nevin has revealed he nearly killed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich while the Russian billionaire was on a cycling holiday in Scotland.

Mr Nevin, 56, told how he narrowly avoided running over the tycoon with his car when he turned a corner while driving around Arran.

The ex-Scotland international player said he had to take evasive action and ‘just missed’ colliding head-on with Mr Abramovich who was on a cycling holiday on the island, as widely reported at the time. Nevin had previously met Mr Abramovich as he now does media work for Chelsea, who he played for in the 1980s.

However, he said the 53-year-old businessman, who has an estimated £11.2 billion fortune, did not recognise him during the near-miss and he has never confessed to him.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland last weekend he said: ‘A few. years ago I was on holiday in Arran and I was driving up the north side of Arran. Every time you go on holiday there you drive round the whole island.

‘I came round a corner at the top just before Lochranza and I nearly hit a guy on a bike. I just got out the way at the last moment, I could have killed the guy. It was Roman Abramovich. What a story that would have been if I had killed Roman Abramovich. I just missed him.

‘His yacht was off the coast and he was cycling round. He doesn’t know to this day that it was me.’

Mr Nevin, who now works as a football pundit and DJ, said he was on friendly terms with the notoriously private billionaire and described him as very ‘shy’ despite his massive wealth.

Mr Abramovich and a group of friends sailed round Scotland’s west coast on his super yacht Eclipse during the summer of 2015. He twice stopped off on Arran as well as visiting Bute and Islay for bike rides, walks and meals and happily posed for selfies with stunned locals. He also visited the Lochranza distillery.


Visitor Denis O’Donoghue meets Mr Abramovich with his bike during his visit to Arran in 2015. NO_B02roman01