In an extraordinary statement posted on the Swindon Town Football Club website today, new club owner Clem Morfuni confirmed that he was looking to appoint Zavier Austin as vice-chairman. 

In the lengthy statement he also alleges that Mr Austin was the victim of an assault committed by two people who attacked him in front of his 12-year-old daughter. 

The statement said:

I would like to announce that I will be applying to the EFL to make Zavier Austin a board member and I would also like to appoint him as Vice Chairman of the Club. As I said in my statement when I took over, Zav was the person that brought me to the club 7 years ago and Zav has helped me so much over the past 2 years to become the owner for which I am extremely grateful to him. Zav is a huge fan of Swindon Town Football Club and is determined to help in every possible way that he can to do the very best for this great Club. He is going to be a very important part of the Club going forward. Obviously, being based in Australia, I cannot be here for large parts of the season and I feel it is very important that we have a fully committed Vice Chairman to represent the club in my absence.

Most unfortunately, Zav was the victim of a brutal, cowardly and wholly unprovoked attack two months ago by two thugs which hospitalised him and, to make it all the more despicable, the attack was carried out in front of his 12 year old daughter who was traumatised by such an event. There really are no words to describe such disgraceful, disgusting and utterly criminal behaviour, for which there should be no place in a decent and civilised society. It is therefore to be hoped that the persons responsible will feel the fullest force of the law and receive all appropriate justice in due course. Fortunately, Zav is now very much on the mend and will be sitting next to me at the first home game on Saturday

In the statement Mr Morfuni talked about the positive feeling in the club and how determined everyone is to create something special and he wrapped up by thanking the fans for all of their support. 

Wiltshire Police have been approached for further details

You can view the statement in full here