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Pompey to sue the premier league?

The Sunday papers are full of 'Pompey starting legal proceedings', 'Pompey to sue the premier league', 'Pompey to send 'strongly worded letter' to the premier league' etc. over the fact that our transfer embargo still has not been lifted - something that the club believe it should...

Peter Storrie is quoted in The Sunday Mirror as saying: 'I can confirm we have issued a legal letter to the Premier League to demand that the transfer embargo should be lifted.

'We believe we've a very good case against them.

'They have absolutely no right to withhold TV money in advance of future payments or payments to foreign clubs.'

To be fair I do not think that the club are planning big money, well ANY money moves, merely loans, cheapies and freebies to allow us a better chance of competing on a more 'even playing field' in terms of on the on the field actions goes anyway...

The thing that confuses me here is that Storrie 'claimed', or seemed to be claiming, only yesterday that it was Pompey's idea for the premier league to withhold their TV money and pass it on - and we had suggested this 2-weeks again, yet here is seems that he is saying the premier league had no right to do this? Does he mean in the future, or what happened this week?

Whereas in The Sunday Express Mark Jacobs says that we will send a 'strongly worded letter' to them to get them to send us the remaining £2m of the £7m TV money they are 'said' to have retained that we should have got?

Maybe this is what Storrie is talking about when he says they have no right to 'withhold money' - then again was there even anything to withhold?

Jacob said: 'we believe that the Premier League are acting beyond their powers. The rules state that television money can be withheld only in order to settle overdue debts, not because there are other debts due in the future.

'We will be writing a strongly-worded letter to the Premier League asking them to send us the £2m remaining from our scheduled TV payment and to lift the transfer embargo.'

The News of the World takes on a different spin as it 'claims' Avram Grant will make a 'personal plea' to Chelski owner Roman Abramovich to get the ban lifted.

It said that 'the Premier League have told Pompey they will lift the embargo if they can persuade rival clubs to defer outstanding transfer fees until the end of the season' with, and wait for it that 'old classic' a 'Portsmouth source' telling them: 'the League are willing to lift the embargo if the other clubs agreed to defer payment.

'They are all playing ball apart from Chelsea. Avram still has a good relationship with Abramovich so hopefully he can smooth the way.

'We have paid most of the money we owe and are confident we will be able to settle the remaining debts by the end of the season but we need to get players in now.'

Who knows what is what anymore eh!

Whatever though I am not sure that suing the premier league, or threatening to do so, is the wisest thing in the world to do, is it?

The again, if we have a case...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 17 2010

Time: 10:51AM

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smacks of last desperate straw to me....
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17/01/2010 11:33:00

What do you expect from a club now run by lawyers with 'NO MONEY'..If it wasn't all so sad it would be laughable....Try to PLAY UP POMPEY.....
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17/01/2010 11:51:00

Every newspaper story contradicts another but it is clear that we are trying to sue the EPL and we do have a case as they are witholding money to pay bills which are not yet due.. BUT I'd much rather 'the Lawyers' spent time on getting investment rather than suing to prove a point .. afterall by the time any legal action can be decided the bills they are arguing about will have to be paid anyway .. bit of a wasted effort if you ask me... Still "They are working day and night behind the scenes"..
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17/01/2010 11:55:00

Don't agree Rug, Pompey are owed money by other clubs, pompey are saying that they should be able to trade on future revenue as are most of the other clubs in the league. Man U owe 800 million but trade on future revenue, Aresenal were allowed to trade on future revenue, at our end of the earnings scale, Wigan and half the hammers trade on future revenue. The club have even had deals proffered for transfers based on the principal of monies owed to us being paid sooner. We are having our trade restrained and being being discriminated against and the PL are exceeding their powers. Many clubs have informally threatened and we are doing it publically;I believe because the PL want us relegated and out of their hair; understandable but illegal. I hope some of those protesters and apparent fans spokesman and stand fans try to be Pompey fans and support the owners.
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17/01/2010 11:58:00

Additionally you have the politics of the PL,who are being battered bt the broad sheets over the debt in football they (PL) are want to use Pompey as a way of showing they are being tough. In effect more discrimination. Incidently there is a good , if slightly depressing, article in the guardian called "premier league on borrowed time"l
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17/01/2010 12:09:00

We can't sue anyone we can't afford the legal fee's!
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17/01/2010 13:24:00

Good! The Premier League deserve it, after letting two Arabs come and buy a Premier League and not find out that they have no money.
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17/01/2010 13:33:00

Sometimes the "threat" of getting nasty is enough to budge the other side. May we be a thorn in the PL's side for many many seasons to come :-)
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17/01/2010 15:10:00

From the BBC site: league chief Richard Scudamore told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek the club would effectively be suing themselves. "The whole notion of suing the Premier League is interesting because you're suing yourself as a club, and the other 19 clubs," said the chief executive of the world's richest football league.
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17/01/2010 17:25:00

I think the only people with a right to sue anyone around here are us, the FANS !!! I would see Pompey could have a point against the FA/Prem League if only they hadn't FAILED to pay the players on time for 3 months.....our track record ain't good, and I would hate to see our credit rating right now....Not even Ocean Finance would touch us !!! But that said....good luck and PUP
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17/01/2010 18:18:00

wouldn't sueing the Premier League be a bit like cutting off the hand that feeds you?
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17/01/2010 18:44:00

I have been skating today - and no, if there any Saints fans reading all this and laughing their socks off at what has happened in such a short space of time to our club, I haven't been doing anything with fish, I HAVE actually been skating. And don't say anything about us being inbred islanders, either... o.k, technically we are the only island city in the U.K, but we are not all inbred, we just love our club, and we don't want it to disappear. And even if it does disappear, we will be back, just like MK Dons, or Wimbledon F.C, or something like that....Play up Hornsea Skaters..... YEAH!!!!
hornsea islander
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17/01/2010 19:06:00

PFC's new idea is to challange every invoice instead of paying it. It then gets filed in a different place and is not counted as a debit. But the Premier League will not accept this, I wander why!!!
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17/01/2010 19:36:00

So, if the transfer embargo is not legal, why haven't we sued before now? And if the remainder of the TV money is going to be held to pay debts that will be due soon, what's the problem, don't we have to pay them anyway? And we don't have any other money to pay them with, do we?
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17/01/2010 20:32:00

Is everyone as sick of this as I am?
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18/01/2010 03:33:00

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18/01/2010 08:05:00

This is a nightmare are we going to sue HM Inland revenue and now the premier league!!! Pay up or clear off!! This is getting ridiculous and could go on for years. We really do know how to upset everyone dont we if we lose both as well then this will produce a great relationship for the future..
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18/01/2010 08:59:00

Dwart, spot on mate. Russell, Man Utd can service their debt, and that's the difference - we have no chance of servicing our debts. Storrie, Jacob and the like should shut the **** up - the rest of us are only given a line of credit if we're a considered a "good" risk - Pompey are not a good risk which is why the balance of the TV money is being withheld to pay Watford the 2m we'll owe them next month.
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18/01/2010 12:49:00


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