Chelsea legend Pat Nevin nearly killed the club’s owner Roman Abramovich with his car while the Russian billionaire was cycling in Scotland.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has revealed he nearly killed the club’s owner Roman Abramovich with his car while the Russian billionaire was cycling in Scotland.
Nevin explained how he narrowly avoided running over the tycoon with his car when he turned a corner while driving around the Isle of Arran.
He said he had to take evasive action and “just missed” colliding head-on with Abramovich who was cycling on the island off the Ayrshire coast.
Nevin 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.
“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 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.”
Nevin, who now works as a football pundit and DJ, said he was on friendly terms with the private billionaire. He described Abramovich as very shy despite his massive wealth.
“I have met him quite a few times. He is phenomenally shy, he is an incredibly shy person.
“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.”