Date:Sunday January 17 2010
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...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday January 17 2010
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