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Such a sad state of affairs

To be honest with you I am so used to Portsmouth Football Club being 'screwed over' little surprises me these days with most things almost 'accepted as the norm!'

I do not want Balram Chainrai to return as owner as I fear what he will do to this club, or more to the point what will be left once he has minimised his losses - ok, to be fair he is a business man and that is his prerogative, I get that he is not a charity as people have pointed out in the forum. No matter what anyone tells me I will not see his impending return as a 'good thing' and for this to be preferred to a fans owned model by so many leaves me speechless...

Then again I do not think anymore, or less, of him than any of the other owners that have screwed us over in recent times.

I thought pretty highly of David Lampitt during his time at Fratton though and believed what he told us, although it would appear that he was just like any other CEO and would basically say whatever they thought we would want to hear and would not be averse to 'bending the truth'.

Revelations that he, and a couple of other former directors, are looking to safeguard money via the 'secured football creditors' rule does annoy me a little but was this not inevitable?

Then we have Tal Ben-Haim - looking for 2m - and Kanu - some 300,000 - after hefty pay-offs for their remaining year of their contracts in order for them to leave.

All the while football is able to safeguard itself, virtually in its entirety under a law unto itself, those that can will milk their current, or former as it sometimes is, employer for all they can...

It annoys me that these people can do this but on the other hand these contracts, on whatever terms they were signed, were dished out so they are only looking for what they are entitled to.

As long as that rule, the football creditors one, remains in place these people are legally entitled to this money so you have to say that they are not claiming anything less than they are technically due.

With a club on its knees and facing possible extinction it does, of course, leave a sour taste though! Where is the integrity or compassion eh?

Then again, like I say, like it or not these people are 'entitled' to this money.

Although with it claimed, in the cases of TBH and King Kanu (who in particular I do not think is doing much to preserve his legacy with the club in all honesty), 'lucrative moves' awaited them (I guess not!) you would have hoped that some decency would have been shown with a compromise met - are they mercenaries or just holding out for what is rightfully theirs, well this I guess depends on what side of the fence you are viewing this from...

The football creditors security rule is a total farce and should be amended, although with challenges failing this is unlikely anytime soon.

What right do, in many cases, the multimillionaire football personalities have to be secured their money over the hard working, often struggling joe public that stands to loose literally everything they have if they are not paid, or paid just peanuts, once a football club fails to pay them their dues...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 2 2012

Time: 11:45AM

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It certainly puts players running around kissing the badge into perspective. I know that their contract means they are entitled to this money, but let's be honest now, the likes of Kanu and TBH cannot be short of a quid or two can they? Similarly, the "it's the agent behind this" argument doesn't wash with me because guess what, if they really wanted to they could probably tell their agent to do one. I wonder how much season tickets would be if these players were no longer on the scene? I presume TB has had to build some sort of contingency for this eventuality in the pricing. As for TBH, I would rather he swept the terraces and cleaned the toilets than give him the full remains of his contract for doing nothing more than walk away! Division 1 not good enough for you? Had you and one or two others pulled your fingers out early season, we wouldn't be in this bloody league!!
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02/06/2012 12:23:00

I hope you have the decency to eat your words in a couple of years time, Rug, when Pompey are thriving under BC. You keep accusing him of things he's not yet done and without proof that he's going to. OK, he wants his money back but there are honourable ways of achieving that. On the creditors front I wrote recently that I was on the side of HMRC when they made their challenge, but football rules, OK? On the TBC/Kanu issue it would be altruistic of me to say that I would forego that sort of money, but I would hope that if I was a millionaire footballer in that position I would have the guts to say 'thanks for the lucrative years, we can tear up our contract'.
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02/06/2012 15:53:00

if BC comes back in and pompey end up 'thriving' under him then i will indeed hold my hands up and admit i was wrong to doubt him - in my defence i have done this before when i have been wrong so would do it again...
that said 'if' it proves to be the other way round then i do hope that you would have the decency to eat yours ;-)
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02/06/2012 16:20:00

likewise i would like to think that i would say 'thanks' and walk away, i really would but as i am not maybe i wouldnt? whatever tho i think the fact that multimillionare personalities are able to ensure they get even richer whereas the everyday person can lose out is so wrong.
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02/06/2012 16:22:00

chortle pfcblue, 'thriving under BC' comed genius! Hope youre right, but in the meantime youve really made me laugh!
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