Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich 'nearly killed' by Pat Nevin while out cycling

By Mirror: Sunday, January 5th 2020 at 20:05 GMT +3 | Sports
Abramovich had a near miss when he was cycling on the island of Arran. [Courtesy]

Pat Nevin has recalled how he 'nearly killed' Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich during a holiday.

The former winger has told of how he was close to running over the Russian oligarch on a drive around the island of Arran.

Nevin, who made nearly 200 league appearances for Chelsea in the 1980s, had to take emergency evasive action in order to avoid a head-on collision with Abramovich.

Abramovich and Nevin have met in the past, but the billionaire did not recognise him in the incident.

Nevin, who still performs media work for Chelsea, has never confessed to the 53-year-old that it was him.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, Nevin said: "About three 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 around the whole island.

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"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."

Nevin has spoken about his near miss with Abramovich. [Courtesy]

Abramovich has an estimated net worth of over £11billion but is something of a mysterious figure at Stamford Bridge, keeping himself to himself and always staying away from the media.

Nevin describes Abramovich as "incredibly shy" but insists being in his presence is just like being alongside royalty.

"I have met him quite a few times. He is phenomenally shy, he is an incredibly shy person," Nevin said.

"I was down DJing in London about two years ago. I was sitting in a sports place at the back of Stamford Bridge and he caught my eye.

"People come over to him, he never walks over to them, it's a bit like royalty.

"But I was sitting talking to this wee guy who is a DJ, a scruffy wee indie kid, and Roman starts walking right behind him towards me.

"I said 'hi' and shook his hand and the kid got the fright of his life. He nearly jumped out his skin."

 

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