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Pompey hit with transfer embargo

I first wrote this earlier this morning, but I had been trying to find out more and wait for some form of 'confirmation' that this had happened - this confirmation has now come from the premier league, so I now publish, with a few bits added...

As so often has been the case this season a step forward is followed by an equally big, if not bigger step back!

We had been given this step forward with a morale boosting win over Stoke last night only to see the step backwards come with the 'reports' from The Mail that we have been hit with a 'transfer ban,' this was followed up with all manor of papers and media outlets reporting this...

Whilst, on the face of it this is not 'really' an issue at the moment as it only means that we cannot bring in any possible free agents we might want to - if this is not lifted in the New Year then any hopes of bringing in reinforcements would be lost, and with that any lingering hopes of staying up we might have, especially when you take into account the African nations that will see our squad even more depleted!

This embargo has been confirmed with a premier league spokesman, Dan Johnson, saying: 'we can confirm that there is an embargo on Portsmouth registering any new players.'

Quite possibly this is the premier league looking to make an 'example of us' under their new rules, but in other ways it seems as though there is something of a 'one rule for them and another for us' situation - although, I guess when all is said and done we have brought this on ourselves...

It was 'said', by The Mail, that this ruling was found out when Paul Hart tried to make Eugen Bopp and 'emergency signing' on Monday so he could be part of the league cup squad that played last night. This was 'claimed' to have been rejected as the premier league had hit us with an 'indefinite transfer embargo,' that includes adding further money to our situation, and bringing in free agents would still do this due to their wages.

For me 'missing out' on Bopp is not such an issue, the guy should not be training with us any longer as from what I have seen he is nowhere near good enough, but with these claims now proven true then those running the club need to start backing up their 'words' and 'promises' with some actions! Getting us out of the mire, offering us stability and down the line offering us facilities that they have said they would is all that we want, and these are the things that we have been told we would get.

With debts still unpaid and money owed to other clubs it is believed that this ban will stay in place until we settle these debts - something that the current, and previous, owners had said would be a 'priority'.

Sky sports news' chief news reporter Bryan Swanson is 'said' to have been told by club officials that 'the club remains 'relaxed' about the transfer ban and they expect the issue to be resolved as quickly as possible' - that is ok guys, you chill out and relax, no need to sort this out anytime soon...

Our board needs to sort things out, come on guys lets get our house in order and put an end to the farcical chaos that we continue to see coming down on us - it is often an embarrassment that we do not deserve!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 28 2009

Time: 12:45PM

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Welcome to the "Club" lads - from the very sorry guys at VC!
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28/10/2009 12:54:00

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28/10/2009 12:59:00

Further embarrassment on our club...shameful running of a club.
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28/10/2009 13:05:00

Oh well...Another day, another negative story. It'll get sorted. Life would be dull without being a fan of Pompey!
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28/10/2009 13:06:00

Think we should try to get a new sponsor for next season.... The Comedy Store or Jongleurs???!!!
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28/10/2009 13:08:00

How can they maintain a ban "until we have settled our debts", without extending that to every other club that owes money. Am I missing something, or is the EPL picking on us again?
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28/10/2009 13:13:00

The issue is, by the sounds of it, missed payments to other clubs rather than huge debts to banks. So even though our debt is comparatively small perhaps, because it is to clubs rather than banks we are being penalised. Perhaps fair, what a joke our club is at the moment. We're a shambles.
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28/10/2009 13:21:00

ITN are reporting that it has been confirmed by the PL that they have imposed a transfer ban on us. It seems is just one thing after the other these days, where will it all end......
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28/10/2009 13:34:00

It's depressing opening up a browser each day to see what's happened next. All hope is lost. Woe is me. What I find astounding is that there are debts outstanding on players that we've sold on for massive profits. That makes the calculations that people have put together for net transfer profit even worse! Where exactly has all the money gone?
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28/10/2009 13:40:00

Every day brings more crap...I am fully expecting to log on tomorrow to see that Paul Hart has been sacked and been replaced by Wee Jimmy Krankie
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28/10/2009 13:49:00

The most depressing thing is guys that most of this cr@p we bring upon ourselves. The leadership need to take a long hard look at themselves and put this to bed once and for all. Due Diligence and the Fit & Proper Person Test seem to be one huge smoke screen!!! How the hell do we attract these buyers that don't seem to have a clue how to run a business let alone have two pennies to rub together. I'm sure I'll look back on this and laugh as Younes Kaboul is lifting the Carling Cup next year - oh bugger! now I've dropped my marbles - PUP (please!)
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28/10/2009 14:02:00

How much do we really actually owe anyway? Surely it's not that much, given the transfer sales that have gone through in the past year? Missing payments?! Joke! You know what there's more to this than meets the eye I reckon, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the tip of a very large iceberg!!
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28/10/2009 14:08:00

It's starting to test my patience and love for this club. Not because I'm worried about Premier league survival, but that we (the fans) are becoming a laughing stock.
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28/10/2009 14:20:00

I am getting totally fed up of being the laughing stock of the English Leagues. This really is a joke. I know times are hard and many businesses are struggling, but really the club should be prepared for situations like this. Let's face it, it will be another blow to the players confidence, which for once may have picked up a little after last night.
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28/10/2009 14:35:00

Now what was that song in the 80's by Madness??? Oh yes, 'Embarrassment'. May be we should play that before kick off???
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28/10/2009 14:47:00

What happened to Storrie and " my consortium are rich on another level" billionaires"; so much for loving the club. It seems we have missed many promised payments to other clubs so who can blame the PL. Much MUCH more worryingly why was Heart trying to get HIS MATE Eugene the usless Bop into the squad; something seriously wrong there!!!
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28/10/2009 15:51:00

Exactly russ. Storrie has egg on his face, I don't believe a word the guy says anymore.
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28/10/2009 15:55:00

Like it Matt - perhaps we could chant it from the terraces
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28/10/2009 16:25:00

Storrie was talking about the new owners having to 'put out some fires' before they can get started on matters like the training ground. Isn't this an example of the 'fires' that needed to be put out? So I guess Al Faraj doesn't have any more money to spend on us than the fake doc. Why do all these people keep buying the club without enough money to take us forward? Also I do actually understand why the PL have taken this position but were they going to actually tell the club? Seems they just waited until they put through a request for a signing and then said 'oh sorry, you're embargoed'. Don't know if I'm going to find the Quay interesting listening tonight, or whether not to listen cos I just can't stand it all anymore.
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28/10/2009 16:48:00

It can't be any coincidence that both SAF and AAF are both men in the construction/real estate business and another reason why the Fit and Proper Person test needs to be re-evaluated. I would much rather see a test that confirms that a person has a certain amount of "liquid" wealth to invest and clear debt !!!! FFS Premier League WAKE UP before this game goes to hell in a hand-cart.
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28/10/2009 16:57:00

I said on here yesterday that the "centre of gravity "on all this chaos is Peter Storrie. In any other walk of life the guy would be fired for gross misconduct. He says his relationships with Agents is what has kept us alive as he has not paid 3m he owes them. Well I am sorry that is not good enough Storrie, you wouldn't get away with that in the real world. Because he is an incompetent lying, bungling, con-man and in charge at Fratton Park he gets away with it . In normal business the Finance Director wouldn't allow this to happen. Christ, we must have auditors checking the books who highlight this, it happens everywhere else. So why does it take the press to keep turning over these stones. I was sick to my stomach when the crowd at Fratton shouted his name, just another 20k people he has conned. Please for the sake of my beloved Club will someone sack him. All the time he is there we are going to be in big trouble. There are loads of Chief Executives around who we could bring in to help sort this mess out, lets get on with it before another set of disasters occur.
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28/10/2009 17:43:00

I can only reiterate most of what's been said above. I've said many times before that PS is a likable rogue ala Arry and Del boy. Does any body know if there's been a board meeting attended by all members since the latest takeover?
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29/10/2009 17:07:00


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