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SOS Pompey - delegation to meet premier league

A letter, from The Portsmouth Trust, and a planned protest at premier league headquarters has seen a reaction from the men at the top of football in this country.

They have decided, with what is a first, to meet a delegation of Pompey fans this week.

So ANY planned protest at premier league HQ before the Fulham game is now OFF - more details can be found in the press release below...


Portsmouth Fans United For Their Club


Following our press release dated Monday 1st February, detailing SOS Pompey plans to protest outside the Headquarters of the Premier League in response to their poor handling of the current issues surrounding our football club, we have been invited to send a delegation to meet with the Premier League Board later this week.

This is the first time a delegation of fans have been invited to Gloucester Place, and we believe a step forward in trying to bring attention to the football world, about what is happening to our great club.

With this in mind we are asking the fantastic supporters of our club to postpone action on Wednesday 3rd of February at Premier League Headquarters, pending the outcome of this meeting.

We have insisted that the Premier League Board uphold their invitation, and do not look to postpone or cancel this invitation as all delegates are working people, and will be giving up a days work to go to the meeting for the cause of the club.

We believe that this could be an important step towards finding out the truth about what is happening to our great club, however this is another part of the campaign, and we fully intend to continue with planed protests before the Sunderland game, our next home fixture.

SOS Pompey thanks the supporters who were going to protest peacefully on Wednesday, and ask that you trust us to attend the meeting with the Premier League Board in the name of all Portsmouth Football Club supporters.

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Writer: Brendon Bone Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 2 2010

Time: 10:07AM

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This protest has been in the planning stage for some time and it is good that the PL have reacted positively. As Brendan says I hope they honour their promise and it is not a meeting with the office cat.
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02/02/2010 10:34:00

When is the meeting?
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02/02/2010 10:47:00

A protest would have got more coverage! Have a meeting after the protest. They are buying our silence. Wasted Opportunity.
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02/02/2010 11:04:00

What is the point? I think the PL have just avoided bad publicity and bought the SOS Pompey silence, it would seem to me tactically better to have the protest, get the press coverage then sit with the board.
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02/02/2010 11:27:00

Classic politics here - it certainly is delaying tactics. People may want to carry on with their own agenda and have the protest because then they feel in control of the situtation rather than handing it over to someone else but then that runs the risk of seeming inflammatory and therefore giving moral justification fot the PL to back out of anything more conciliatory. If I wasn't a Pompey fan this could look very interesting from a theoretical perspective but from where I am sitting I believe neither the march nor the meeting will make a blind bit of difference and I am not slagging off the marchers and I understand their passion and frustration but I don't believe anything worth having ever came out of a march
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02/02/2010 11:51:00

Lets look at this realistically, if this is the first time this has happened all you need to do is get Fleet Streets finest along to take a few pictures, Sky Sports News to be there with their man on the ground reporting on it, big yellow banner rolling across the screen "Breaking News!" etc and you've got loads of publicity, i'm sure they'd lap it up. The little underdog supporters going up against the premier league, David vs goliath etc etc
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02/02/2010 12:17:00

Hammersmith blue what about the anti poll tax marches in london, they certainly seemed to do the job. You just need numbers. If 50 people protest then it wont make any difference what we need to do is get other supporters in the premier league to participate. Thousands would make them take note. But it is a difficult task. West Ham, Liverpool, man utd etc are all unhappy with the way there clubs are being run. This would take some organising aswell.
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02/02/2010 12:20:00

The march I am personally not bothered about as I think all it could possibly achieve is publicity and maybe a statement from the PL .. But if that is (was) the aim - which is fair enough - then to accept this meting as an alternative is bloody stupid .. They now go to meet with the Prem League and instead of a statement which can not be mis read .. we'll get 15 different transcripts and rumours of what was said to the elite few.. I'm not (really) in favour of the march or a meeting but to concede the first blow and cancel the protest because the Prem League say jump is imo crazy... The fight hasn't started yet and already they have given the PL the high ground
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02/02/2010 12:56:00

Have the tea and cakes with the prem and THEN march. Duplicitous? Why not.
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02/02/2010 13:38:00

Indeed Gandor. Chix, there's nothing wrong with agreeing to meet in the first instance, if we all went and started wars rather than sitting and discussing things first we'd be in a sorry old state. If however what comes out of the meeting is not a properly minuted meeting with something we can hang our hat on we can then protest afterwards, you're not negating the possibility of marching in the future. The point of any action such as the marching has to be to open dialogue, they've achieved that without even marching which is an instant win.
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02/02/2010 14:23:00

All the Premier League is interested in is saving the reputation of "the richest league in the world" - this is simply brand protection. Sorry, but you're deluded if you think they care a toss about Pompey or its fans. Meeting them just plays into their hands and will achieve nothing for the Pompey fans. I'm not sure what the answer is but the meeting with the Premier League is, in my opinion, a hollow gesture from the smug powers that be that, as Chix has said, gives them the moral high ground.
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