Soccer-Spotify founder Ek says his bid for Arsenal was rejected


FILE PHOTO: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek speaks during a media event in New York, U.S., May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Spotify CEO and founder Daniel Ek said on Saturday an offer to buy Premier League Arsenal had been rejected by owner Stan Kroenke's family.

Ek took to Twitter to issue a statement correcting "inaccurate reports" that he had not made a bid.

"This week an offer was made to both Josh Kroenke and their bankers that included fan ownership, representation at the board and a golden share for the supporters," the Swede said. "They replied that they don't need the money.

"I respect their decision but remain interested and available should that situation ever change."

Ek said last month that he had secured the funds to buy Arsenal, valued at $2.8 billion according to Forbes.

British media reported Arsenal greats Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira were backing Ek's bid.

The club's American owners are under fire from fans following the North London team's attempt to join a breakaway European Super League that collapsed within 48 hours of being announced.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond)

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