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Francesco Becchetti is the new owner of Leyton Orient

7 July 2014

Leyton Orient are under new ownership after long-serving chairman Barry Hearn sold his stake in the club to Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti.

Becchetti is head of renewable energy and waste management fire the Becchetti Energy Group and had previously been linked with takeovers at Reading and Italian outfit Bari.

After weeks of negotiations the 90 per cent shareholding was passed to Becchetti, who had been negotiating with Hearn for a number of weeks, on Monday.

The change in ownership brings to an end the 19-year reign at the League One side for the boxing promoter and chairman of promotions company Matchroom Sports who acquired a controlling stake back in 1995.

Hearn has resigned from the board of directors along with his son Eddie, Steve Dawson and David Dodd while Matthew Porter has stepped down as chief executive but will remain with the O's.

Orient also confirmed that they will announce the identities of their new board of directors in the near future.

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