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How much more can we take?

Here we go again, once again, again eh!

Yet again the name of Portsmouth Football Club will be dragged through the mud as one of the CSI group, and our co-owner, Vladimir Antonov has had an arrest warrant issued for him...

Warrant for Pompey owners arrest - here.

Right, I know it is 'innocent until proven guilty' but given our 'history' you cannot help but feel instantly that there is some wrongdoing, as if anyone seems able to attract a wrong'un then it seems to be Pompey!

What happens now?

Well, quite how much power a Lithuanian issued arrest warrant possesses remains to be seen but power or no power answers need to be given and a failure to give them, in my eyes, tends to point towards one thing and one thing only!

Of course Antonov may well have done nothing wrong at all, but how often in the past have we 'believed' people to have done 'nothing wrong' only to then find out that in actual fact they have?

This obviously leaves it hard for us to actually believe that people are 'innocent' and as much as I would want everything to be fine and dandy so we can just get on with footballing matters again I cannot, hand on heart, say that I have faith that nothing untoward has happened here...

How much more of this can we actually take?

Not much would surely be the answer that most give...

I love this club totally but I am being forced closer and closer to the very edge of breaking point, something many of us have teetered on the edge of several times, and have almost come to the point now where I feel a 'fresh start' with a clean slate might not have been, or even could still be, the worst thing in the world - there almost seems no other way to rid ourselves with the constant off-the-field problems encountered.

Ahh, how the good old 'fit and proper persons test' seems to have lived up to expectations once more eh!

Were these 'tests' not 'tightened up' to ensure that everyone was above board and a fine toothcomb run through the financial background of those looking to buy into clubs, with a fuller understanding of where the finances came from and how sustainable they would be needing to be given?

Was it SAAB that turned Antonov away recently due to a lack of 'transparency', which begs the questions - yet again! - just how much of this transparency does the FPPT require, would I be wrong in saying that I doubt the Swedes are radically over the top with their background checks!

Of course we will, eventually, see some statement issued on The Pompey Site - after CSI have issued one on their website first! - saying 'everything is ok' and 'we should not worry' but how much faith will actually be put in this?

In all honesty could few really hold it against people for having more than an element of doubt...

Also spare a thought for Appy, what must he now be thinking?

Maybe, 'what have I done' and 'maybe I should have stayed where I was' for starters!

I still think that the guy can become a good manager (and of course it can still be here?!) but similarities to those in the past that were brought in almost as 'fall guys' could easily be drawn I guess.

I could, and hopefully - although have to admit I am not sure I will - will be proven, totally wrong in my thoughts and if I am I will hold my hands up and apologise for doubting anyone but it becomes increasingly hard not to fear the worse given our previous and makes you less and less likely to 'cut people some slack', even when you say this is something you need to do and want to do, as I have previously said I wanted, and we needed, to with CSI and those associated with it.

Something that seems pretty certain though is PFC's name will once more be dragged through the mud for quite some time again, not just in connection to the latest problematic issues faced by an owner but with the upcoming court cases for Redknapp and Mandaric in the New Year.

As was pointed out to me by eastneydave earlier though it is funny how little interest there has been shown in the issue thus far. Media outlets used to be all over scandal connected to PFC, has this become such the norm that it is just accepted as given these days and they just do not really care!

Sorry to be 'so negative', but you cannot be positive for the sake of being positive and keep saying 'it will be ok' because it genuinely is hard not to be negative and say it will if you have doubts because god only knows what happens now?

Whatever though another frosty winter would appear to be on the horizon for Pompey fans...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 23 2011

Time: 6:10PM

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It's an EU warrant, not Lithuanian. All bow to the mighty EU. Not a good time though sadly we're getting used to this stuff happening. Wonder who we'll get next?
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23/11/2011 19:20:00

Ronnie Biggs? He seems as fit and proper as anyone..............
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23/11/2011 19:27:00

I've just had Uncle Bill round for drinks, My Girlfriends american family....Don't know much about them, but he said call me Gates'y...Typical American; all buddy buddy and too familiar! Soon told him where to sling his hook! Bloody Yanks!!...Anyway this new owner! Guess we'd like someone with a couple of quid, reckon in this climate he could be hard to find...
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23/11/2011 20:06:00

Roman Antonov - I don't think Dubov will be pleased about that!
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23/11/2011 20:29:00

who knows, but dont forget one of the CSI guys father, was shot 17 times outside a russian resturant...not sure if he was carrying a brown paper bag of oranges and Vito froze or not...but this was widely reported. Its all a bit too much really..i read it on the Echo site and they were laughing their socks off...
plymouth graham
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23/11/2011 21:24:00

Sky Sports News January 2012- Somalian Pirates buy PFC after passing the fit and proper persons test... But seriously you express what we're all thinking very well rug!
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23/11/2011 21:39:00

The long term worry is if fans have had enough! We could get 4 figure crowds and then the parachute payments stop..... :/
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23/11/2011 21:51:00

Why write such pointless tosh, scaremongering, gossiping and illiterate drivel?
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24/11/2011 00:22:00

Everythings fine it's all going to be ok liquor & poker So what another one of our owners has been arrested for fraud & money laundering...
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24/11/2011 07:44:00

Face the music
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24/11/2011 07:44:00

& Dance ....... OOOOOHHH Let's face the Music and DAAAANCE.....
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24/11/2011 09:14:00

Guess who's been catching up on strictly :-)
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24/11/2011 09:15:00

Nut's got the right idea... Get in touch with the Somalian Pirates, at least we know they've got the money and a radical business plan :-)
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24/11/2011 09:20:00

glad that you approve once more Liquor - perhaps it was a little 'emotionally charged' but is it really 'scaremongering?'
an arrest warrant has been issued for antonov - that is FACT! it looks highly likely that he is guilty and that is a concern. altho i HAVE NOT said that 'this will happen' or 'that will happen' so it is hardly scaremongering is it, or 'gossiping'...
so, what are your thoughts on the situation then?
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24/11/2011 10:21:00

I stand by Rug... Also can you really blame us for worrying? I mean we are Pompey fans!!!!
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24/11/2011 11:41:00

What will be, will be with PFC. As for worrying, I'd save that for the slow motion economic train wreck that's heading towards us in the real world and coming to your neighbourhood sometime soon. Play up Pompey...
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24/11/2011 12:25:00

would not say i am 'worried' as such Nut, in all honesty i 'almost' gave up worrying - almost even caring - some time ago really...
in many ways corny has it right, as much as PFC has a major impact on my life other things really are of a greater priority to me i guess.
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24/11/2011 12:43:00

I can't decide whether to go for the ostrich approach or to just panic! Rug's article sums up how I feel completely. There may be no reason why this should affect the football club . . . I keep telling myself that, but I don't really believe it. Why does it keep happening to Pompey? Perhaps we would be better off with the phoenix club option, given that a huge euromillions win doesn't seem an option. by the way, given that we still have the CVA in progress from the last administration, what would happen if we went into administration again? Could the club just get wound up from breaching the conditions of the first administration?
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24/11/2011 12:44:00

i know in my heart of hearts i want PFC to live on as it is but it 'seems' the only way we can truely rid ourselves of the past, and bring something that has been missing for along time back, is by 'starting afresh'...
funding the day-to-day costs is something CSI need to do, with or without antonov - can they manage that?
the CVA is also a good point tracy tho, the way i see it if we default on the terms of that then - and i am 'scaremongering' and 'rumouring' here alittle - they way i see it that is that?!
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24/11/2011 12:48:00

Vladimir Antonov, has been arrested in an inquiry into asset stripping. Lithuanian prosecutors want to question him as part of an investigation into claims involving Snoras Bank. PFC said its business operations were unaffected and its day-to-day operations "carry on as normal". City of London Police said: "In response to a Europe-wide arrest warrant officers arrested a 36-year-old man in London this afternoon."
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24/11/2011 18:57:00

You couldn't make this up.... you really couldn't...
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25/11/2011 08:12:00


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