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Pompey May Face Premiership Probe

Pompey May Face Premiership Probe

News is emerging that two Premiership clubs might be facing investigation after allegations have been made that West Ham and Portsmouth may have been fielding illegible players.

Wigan Athletic, along with other Premiership clubs are suggesting that there is a possibility that Pompey have broken Rule U18, which states that 'No Club shall enter into a contract which enables any other party to that contract to acquire the ability materially to influence its policies or the performance of its teams.' The player in question for Pompey is Manuel Fernandes, who has of course now left the club.

If this is proved to be true, then Pompey could face losing points for the matches in which Fernandes has played in. Benfica own 50% of Fernandes, whilst the remaining part is owned privately. This was highlighted when Everton attempted to sign Fernandes on loan but the move was blocked by the Premiership due to Rule U18. The match between Portsmouth and Everton at Fratton Park was a 2-0 win for Pompey, it is understood that Everton may well now claim the points as Fernandes was playing in that match.

Any points deduction would seriously jeopardise any hope of Pompey reaching Europe, West Ham may even find themselves in a worse position if they too have points deducted - relegation is already a strong possibility for them.

The Daily Mail are currently running a larger article on this in their paper today.

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Date:Friday February 2 2007
Time: 12:45PM


what the hell!!
pompey pessimist
02/02/2007 13:00:00
It only really came to light about Fernandes because Everton thought they could get clearance if they took him on loan with a view to a permanent signing. Because we allegedly had an agreement that when Fernandes has made so many appearances we would be contracturally obliged to sing him permanently, Everton thought they could get the same. But they were rejected by the Premiership. Quite why the Prem didn't see this when we applied for clearance is beyond me, yet we will end up carrying the can for their incompetence.
02/02/2007 13:20:00
Should we somehow have points taken away we'd have basically seen it all with Pompey over the years now wouldn't we... I can't see how we would have willingly broken any rules, we'd not be that stupid would we? Any wrong doing would have to have been accidental, not that this would help our case. We'll just have to sit tight and wait and see what happens I guess...
02/02/2007 13:22:00
I bet the MOTD has-beens will be wetting themselves with joy over this, they make it abundantly clear that they don't like us at all.
02/02/2007 13:26:00
I bet they are... I see Lawrenson is tipping us to lose this weekend, he's been waiting for this bad run so he could revert back to his usual ways...
02/02/2007 13:27:00
He's always been tipping us to lose, I'd sooner tip him off Clarence Pier with a heavy weight tied to him, lol!
02/02/2007 13:30:00
More likely a fine & a warning. We would fight pts deduction all the way. If these rules have been broken then something bigger needs sorting out in the game.
02/02/2007 13:30:00
Agreed, though the problem is that the Premier League should have seen this when we applied for clearance to use the player - they gave it to us then, so surely it is down to them and not us?
02/02/2007 13:32:00
They may be looking to make an "example" of someone despite their error won't they, so with the threat of the "small club from the south coast" maybe breaking up the teams who feel they have a devine right in Europe they'll have a reason to make this of us... A fine and a warning is enough agreed, unless it genuinely is an error on our part...
02/02/2007 13:37:00
As for Lawrenson I have to be honest he's been tipping us to do well quite often in his match predictions, but would still agree with your Clarence Pier theory...
02/02/2007 13:38:00
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