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Who really deserves to be punished?

This article is about my personal view on the ridiculous rule that in theory will see Pompey lose nine points this week. Survival or not I and many thousands of others will keep following this fantastic club. But this ruling, that's designed to punish clubs for entering administration, is surely floored and worth questioning?


A Football Club is made up of four main areas: the fans, the staff, the community, and the people running the football club, which includes the owners. But why should the fans be punished with a nine point deduction? All they've done is passionately followed their club. It's not their fault that those running the club got it so horribly wrong. Surely a change in the rules is needed and Pompey is the perfect example of why.

Apart from the fans, why should the staff be punished? One third of the off-field staff are likely to lose their jobs over the coming weeks. A nine point deduction gives the club no chance of survival. Relegation brings revenue loss and that would likely bring further cut backs. The management and the on-field playing staff have earned those nine points despite all being up for sale and rarely being paid on time.

And Administration will hit the community hard; not just the supporters amongst them but the local businesses who are unlikely to receive the money that the club owes them. A nine point deduction and relegation would mean further reductions in money spent in the community and on specific community projects.

Previous owners, who are clearly to blame for the club entering administration, are simply not affected by the club losing nine points. So what do the FA achieve from the nine point deduction?

The fans, the community, the staff, none of whom chose the previous owners, are left to deal with administration. Yet the footballing bodies see fit to punish the victims of this ordeal further by condemning the club to relegation with a nine point deduction.

Promotion and relegation is part of football and part of supporting our club, but to be forced into relegation by a ruling that's completely flawed and which doesn't take account of the unique circumstances of Portsmouth Football Club, is something I find hard to accept.

Instead of adding to the spiral of decline by punishing those who have already suffered enough, the authorities should be investigating how those responsible created this mess and should be punishing them instead!

Matt Partridge

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Writer: Matt Partridge Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 1 2010

Time: 9:02AM

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Matt I can't agree with that. PFC is like any other local business that goes bust and 'innocent' people suffer. The 9 points deduction is supposed to deter owners from opting for admin in order to write off their debts (eg Leicester was a classic case).
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01/03/2010 09:31:00

as said in the other thread and in the forum my thoughts are...
chances are that we will have this points penalty - right or wrong, altho the argument does seem to be that if funds have been 'mishandled' then technically portsmouth football club is not to blame for this, if any PROOF of this can be found that sheds a whole new light on things...
yep we have spent WELL beyond our means but have also been bringing in alot of money in transfers, TV money etc. so if any proof is found this has been 'filtered off' or whatever we have a case, right?
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01/03/2010 10:15:00

I clearly hope as all of us I'm sure, that Andronikou can find a loop hole somewhere and prevent the 9 points from being doc'd. Can't see it some how, as I reckon all the other clubs will complain and mores the point we are clearly an embarrisment to the PL so the sooner they can get rid of us the better.
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01/03/2010 12:21:00

I think there are two ways you could divide the mis running of the club and how it's got to this position, there is the well intentioned but hopelessly mis managed route or the fraudulent activity route. The latter should in no way impose on the football club and if anything surfaced to indicate that then those responsible would be punished accordingly (instead of the club). If however it's mismanagement then there really needs to be some form of punishment, in typical business going into administration casts a stygma on the business and their likely to be punished by lack of business, poor credit etc. In football however we have a captive audience so realistically the business doesn't suffer too much from administration, this i believe is the purpose of the 9 point deduction as that has a direct financial impact on the club receiving it. Which is their punishment for having gone down the administration route.
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01/03/2010 14:32:00

No chance, you're wrong, since when did justice prevail anyway?
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01/03/2010 15:17:00

Of Course our succession of lousy owners need to be punished, but the FA/Prem Lge have no powers outside of football and therefore will always punish the club involved. I am concerned that I have heard more from PFC via our new Administrator, rather than anyone previous......this is because this "official of the court" has been self-appointed and does not ease my fears that this thing will be cleansed once and for all.......In every other case of administration I have witnessed an Administrator come in who was impartial, and honest with what was going to be done to find a new buyer, and get as fair a price as possible for the creditors. Admin Andy seems a little too cosy to the club for my liking, and whether you like it or not, PFC needs a good cleansing to get rid of the lousy ownership, double-dealing, and fat-cats that have been infesting our club for too long....Open and Transparent? I remain to be convinced. PUP
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01/03/2010 16:31:00

BarneyArmy...yes, I have similar 'fears' about the administrator appointed and interested parties.. After all, the administrator picked was 'CHOSEN' by our current owner(s).. That is hardly impartiality is it? preferred creditors get paid first after our sell-off of our only assets (players)......and the current owner becomes the preferred creditor because of this appointment.. I read somewhere that the choice of administrator was to be disputed by Barclays Bank (Gaydamak's lenders).. but it doesnt seem to have materialized.. Still...the question can the current owner get 'preferential credit treatment' by appointing his own administrator?
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01/03/2010 16:58:00

I have to say that, in the unlikely event of the administrator finding illegal dealings by owners or Executive chairman (aka Storrie)... then I agree that these are the ones that sgould be penalized heavily and face the full force of the courts... It is very likely (99% certain) we will be docked 9 points tomorrow (Tuesday).. If illegal dealings are subsequently found that result in successful prosecutions against owner(s)/administrator(s), then these are the ones that should be punished NOT the club... But there is no way the club would hae 9 points re-instated.. it would be too late and create a precedent which will never happen..
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01/03/2010 17:10:00

pompey, Barney i think its quite clear that if Chanria ( who is pretty much an innocent party in this) hadnt taken the action and chosen the Admin route, you wouldnt have a club to moan about. its the clubs fault this mess, you could argue the PL should have helped but its the clubs fault
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01/03/2010 18:02:00

PompeyExile the current owner gets prefferential treatment as he is a secured owner, in that he has a mortgage on the club through a contract that PFC signed and defaulted on an TFFT i say.
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01/03/2010 18:04:00

I'm quite prepared to take the 9 points on the chin without moaning about it, after all we would have done well to have avoided relegation this season anyway - I would like to avoid a further deduction next season though. Of course if it does transpire that former owners have actually robbed the money rather than mismanaged it away, then that would be different . . but who knows what's gone on. Whats more worrying now is this new winding up order tomorrow!
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01/03/2010 18:07:00

Russellm, I'm not complaining about the fact that we are in Administration (in this thread), but the fact of who is the Administrator and the fact that it still doesn't look squeeky clean !!! I would hope that this administration is seen as a way to clean up the mess that is Pompey at present, otherwise it will be a wasted opportunity. Still, we've got to get through tomorrow yet!!
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01/03/2010 19:04:00

Spot on BarneyArmy Corruption and criminal activities have surrounded our club for so long and you and I want a genuine clear out of the corrupt.. Chanrai MAY be honest, but his previous history of suing Gaydamak's father for 17 million and then gettig invloved at Pompey (only a conicidence Gayadmak junior was our owner...yeh right!!!). As far as I am concerned I want squeaky clean admininstration and all corruption out (with no secret back-handers to preferred individuals)..... Still not good if a current owner can appoint his OWN administrator...hints at preferred treatment...
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