Date:Wednesday August 4 2010
The case is now done and dusted, HMRC's lawyers have had their say, Pompey's theirs, all we can do - as was the case anyway really - is sit, wait, pray, chew our finger nails to the bone and hope that we hear positive news from the judge tomorrow afternoon...
Pompey had, you cannot help but feel, a chance to really apply the pressure to HMRC and all but win this case today - well at least see this appeal teetering on the edge of rejection - although sadly it would appear that the foot that we 'seemed' to have on their neck after Tuesday was taken off with, what seemed to be, a 'fairly weak' argument in our defence.
On day one the taxman did not seem to have put forward a strong case, the argument of being 'unfair' appeared to be the case - that in itself was not, apparently, strong enough.
So, with Pompey in a 'strong(ish)' position going into day two the chance was there to hammer home that advantage, which was, from the looks of it, lost as the 'if you grant customs their win in their appeal against the CVA that will be that for the club' is not really an argument against why the appeal should be rejected, is it?
Any advantage that we had has 'probably' been lost now...
Our saving grace 'might', well hopefully will, be that HMRC's 'its unfair' plea was weaker than our 'unfair' one, so by 'default' the appeal will be unsuccessful as there was no clear evidence to grant the taxman his appeal success?
Liquidation, by all accounts, looks the only outcome should their appeal be successful...
It will be a long night, long morning and a long afternoon until the verdict is known, which it is 'said' will come at around 3.30pm on Thursday.
You can almost guarantee that if Pompey are successful HMRC will appeal this ruling too...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Wednesday August 4 2010
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