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FA and premier league hit back

Following further comments made by Admin Andy in the media today - the guy does spend a lot of time in front of the cameras and talking to the papers doesn't he! - regarding a place in Europe next season, well a lack of it, the FA and premier league have released a joint-statement 'fighting back'.

As we know we did not apply by their date, even if it is not a uefa date but according to this statement even up to today we have made no effort to put in a formal application to take part next season, despite his claims that this had/was being done...

It also states that he, and the lawyers working on our behalf, were made aware of the fact that our application would be declined a couple of weeks back, not to mention various criteria not being met, again which they were aware of.

All in all it seems a lot of huff and puff has gone into this but no real action taken with 'claims' being made, and suggestions of not getting, help 'perhaps' wide of the mark - so, as previously said about the guy back along, perhaps taking what is told to us by him with a 'pinch of salt' is something that must be done more?

The full statement is below...


Joint Premier League and FA statement on Portsmouth FC's UEFA Club Licence.

Following comments in the media made by Portsmouth FC's Administrator Andrew Andronikou regarding the UEFA Club Licence, the Premier League and The FA would like to make clear the following:

  • Portsmouth FC did not meet the strict 1 March deadline for applications for a UEFA Club Licence for the 2010/11 season.

  • Portsmouth FC has, as of 28 April, not attempted to put in a formal application for a Uefa Club Licence for the 2010/11 season.

  • The FA and Premier League made Mr Andronikou's lawyers, whom we had been asked to deal with, aware on 16 April that we would not accept a late UEFA Club Licence application from Portsmouth FC.

  • The exceptional circumstances referred to by Mr Andronikou only apply to clubs who qualify for European competition whilst they are in the Football League.

  • In any event, in order for a club to obtain a UEFA Club Licence for the 2010/11 season they need to show that as of December 2009 they had no outstanding money owed to the tax authorities or football clubs. This is manifestly not the case for Portsmouth FC.

    The Premier League and The FA are both fully committed to upholding the governance criteria set out in the UEFA Licence for all clubs looking to compete in European competition.

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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday April 28 2010

    Time: 6:00PM

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    Its should be UEFA's decision. And they have no problem with us playing in europe. The PL & FA are just not happy until they get there way.
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    28/04/2010 18:21:00

    i still want this, and will be gutted that we will not, altho i must say that i am starting to read things differently following this statement...
    it does seem, if i am reading it the right way, that admin andy has been saying 'alot about this and that' and blaming lots of people, saying this and that was happening when in actual fact it seems that not alot to 'try' and make this happen has actually been done, with him being aware for some time that we would not get in - so, alot of time looks like its being spent in front of the cameras and talking to journalists about this and that when no actions were actually following these words? time for admin andy to perhaps be seen and not heard...
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    28/04/2010 18:40:00

    It should be UEFA to decide and funny how they can change the law for Citeh
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    28/04/2010 18:53:00

    Yeh letting them sign a keeper on loan when they have a perfectly alright keeper they can play. Its just stupid.
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    28/04/2010 19:01:00

    Same old story one set of rules for the rich & another set for the poor
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    28/04/2010 20:36:00

    it is fair because you can't pay the money and all your squad has is loaned players so pay up pompy pompy pay up
    Avfc94 we do
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    28/04/2010 21:54:00

    Lets be honest, Andy has a motive hear. If he can talk as though we could get a place in europe then that may bring other bidders for the club to the table. I get the feeling he is clutching at straws and I'm led to believe that it is highly likely Pompey will start next season with -17 points.
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    29/04/2010 08:08:00

    Bluedr.... I agree with you with respect to the points deduction next season, which is why I think it is one of the reasons why Pompey season's tickets are so reasonable for next season!! No CVA and no new owner.
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    29/04/2010 09:20:00

    Despite all his previous promises Bex. I think AA is PS mk2 and just loves courting his own publicity. We were warned (I think by Swindon fans) that we should take AA with more than Rug's 'pinch of salt'.
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    29/04/2010 14:49:00

    No CVA and no owner could mean no club. That's one reason I'm not rushing to renew my season ticket.
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    29/04/2010 19:21:00

    i know the circumstances are different and the 2 clubs are in different positions but does this not prove - burnley going into europe if fulham win the uefa cup - that a license CAN be granted after the march deadline for european application? were pompey not told in an official statement just the other day that late application would not be accepted...
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    30/04/2010 15:50:00


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