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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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The Journalist

Writer: TruePompeyBlue Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 2 2007

Time: 12:45PM

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what the hell!!
pompey pessimist
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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!
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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.
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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?
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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...
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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...
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02/02/2007 13:38:00

Even better, Ryde Pier - it goes out to deeper water!
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02/02/2007 13:44:00

everyone wants to pick on lowly little pompey. they dont get the fact we kicked ass until january and they cant accept we are where we are. the media are now trying to write up any stories (as they usually wait for our 11 signings on jan 31st) as they need to fill space in their shocking newspapers. they see another team whinging about how shocking their season is going and how they would like to have fernandes but cant (oh diddums) and decide to blame everything on pompey coz obviously its our bloody fault. all these loan deals hack me off, if we like em, sign em ffs, i never know whos actually a pompey player anymore. the media getting on nerves though with this irrelevant and useless article.... why not talk about pompey hopefully being in Europe. too much to ask for?! eat **** and die u mofo media bastads! *feels somewhat better after expressing his concerns*
pompey pessimist
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02/02/2007 14:22:00

The poor side of Merseyside would be the ****ers moaning about this, points deducted mean that they may even get int Europe!
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02/02/2007 14:31:00

Just our luck. We'll get deducted three points and miss out on Europe. I wouldn't mind if it was for a player who had made a huge impact. As for Lawrenson, I'll be suprised if we get the points at Wigan as well.
The Rabbi
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02/02/2007 14:59:00

i think we will beat wigan and get a warning if this turns out to be true
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02/02/2007 15:08:00

They won't deduct points. The Prem League will take responibility on who plays. lots of players around the world have multiple owners. Fkcin' scouse gits wanting the points, bl00dy cheek.
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02/02/2007 19:45:00

So when the triple entente was formed just before WWI, we didn't rewrite history, 'Result of Agincourt: A close draw for France.'.
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02/02/2007 22:35:00

Good luck. http://www.westham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=50244
Adam Mansell
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03/02/2007 08:17:00

What is it with our team, why can't things just go normally for once for gawds sake!
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03/02/2007 10:48:00

i did mention before that i would like our club to be regarded as proffesional off the pitch as well as on. I have been talking to my mate in media street and he thinks it unlikely that we will get deducted points unless a band wagon starts and this would most likely be Everton or spurs. But he says the FA are concerned that there always seems to be a wiff of controversy surrounding our club and PFC are in the end responsible for who we sign. And the best way to deal with Wigan is to beat them
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03/02/2007 11:21:00


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