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Pompey issue investigation statement

Reports this morning in the Daily Mirror said Pompey would be 'named and shamed' in the Lord Steven enquiry into football corruption - to a degree they were right.

5 clubs - Pompey, Chelsea, Newcastle, Bolton and Boro, several agents and 17 transfers have been named in his findings.

Newcastle and Bolton - and managers Graeme Souness and Sam Allardyce - are said to be the worst offenders. To see what his findings discovered and what bbc.co.uk had to say go here.

Pompey have answered these finding by issuing the following statement on the Pompey site.

'We are not at all surprised that both the club and our officials have been exonerated from the Lord Stevens Quest report. Although there are transfers involving Portsmouth FC, the continuing investigations are into the agents and not the club. The club paid no agents fee to Pini Zahavi for the transfer of Collins Mbesuma and no agents fee to Willie McKay for the transfer of Benjani, indeed no fee was paid to any agent for this deal. The transfer of Aliou Cisse was the most straightforward of deals and involved the normal agents fee to Mr McKay.

'We have always acted in accordance with Premier League rules and have co-operated fully with the investigation.'

The above statement was from pompeyfc.co.uk.

I am not going to say all will now be okay - as this could be a stupid assumption to make - but I will rest a little easier than I was.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 15 2007

Time: 3:07PM

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Funny how there was no dodgy dealings but yet within the official investigation your lot were named? The Wheeler-Dealer manager gets caught out in the end!
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15/06/2007 15:18:00

I think its important to say that, at this point Portsmouth FC have done absolutley nothing wrong, it just so happens that our club have been in contact with these agents, meaning we are linked. However thier is no proof of wrong doing.
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15/06/2007 15:21:00

but the transfers have been listed by player names? Surely that means that they are subject to the investigations!
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15/06/2007 15:24:00

'arry is no saint - well he was - and we all know this, but nor are the vast majority of other personalities within the game... CharlieChimes makes a very good point LUFC1 and this is that portsmouth football club have done nothing wrong, contact with the agents in question does not mean we - or any of the other clubs - have actually done anything wrong...
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15/06/2007 15:26:00

LUFC1, well done for jumping to conclutions already! I guess their are plenty of narrow minded people out their ready to jump on the "slag of" bandwaggon. Congratulations!
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15/06/2007 15:27:00

LUFC1, further investigation will be launched then all will be revelaed - maybe? until such a point i will just wait and see what happens believing that portsmouth football club have done nothing wrong...
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15/06/2007 15:29:00

If we are found guilty, by all means come back on this site & vent your views.
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15/06/2007 15:45:00

very true CharlieChimes... as pompey fans we want to believe we are innocent, but if proven otherwise we will accept the punishment handed out - well i know i would - and say 'we were wrong'...
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15/06/2007 15:47:00

...maybe depending on what the punishment is i will accept it!
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15/06/2007 15:48:00

Yep! its always hard if your team makes a mistake, but I wont get too down until something is proved.
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15/06/2007 15:52:00

..is this a case of sour grapes by our friend from Leeds United? Isn't there a saying that goes "get your own house in order before criticising others?".

As for our name being mentioned, the report doesn't actually accuse us of anything, merely our involvement in the investigation.
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15/06/2007 16:13:00

Hope he enjoys the football in the Third division, until they sort out the mess at their club they will never be any more than a third rate side.
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15/06/2007 16:14:00

If anyone wishes to view the recommendations, then click here for free download
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15/06/2007 16:46:00

Sorry boys but the reality is if we do keep doing business with silkman and mckay, what did we really expect. One example Mckay and Silkman were not even Yak's agents when the Boro deal was done, they physicaly threatened his female manager and hijacked the deal, what did the FA do? Nothing!! just rung their hands and looked the other way. YET STILL Pompey do business with them, innocent or not you lay down with dogs, you're gonna get fleas.
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15/06/2007 18:24:00

of coarse if you lay down with a dog in magalluf your gonna get a virus
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15/06/2007 18:25:00

LOL!!! :)
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15/06/2007 18:37:00

So Leeds United go down two divisions by spending lots of money on crappy transfers and then slag off everyone else and accuse them of having dodgy transfers. I know irony when I see it.
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15/06/2007 20:51:00

not only in magalluf tho russellm - not that i am speaking from experience... lets leave leeds to worry about their problems and we will worry about ours...
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16/06/2007 01:44:00

TruePompeyBlue, the click here link is not working mate...
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16/06/2007 01:45:00

i have read the report and it does clear the club but then you read that your manger hasd been stupid and i dont regret the word. I think harry is being stupid. Inocent or not you cant go on complaining about being linked when with dodgy dealings and then accept a race horse from an agent. If i did that in my business inoccent or not i would be suspended and the supplier would be dropped.
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16/06/2007 10:16:00

The commission has spent somewhere 1.5m to find a handful if 'iffy' deals. God knows what they would find if the did the House of Commons & as for Brussels!!!!
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16/06/2007 11:56:00

Sorry guys, here you go, you will need to copy and paste the URL into the address bar of your browser:

Quest Inquiry Recommendations Report_51.pdf: http://www.quest.co.uk/filedownload.php?fileId=51

Quest Inquiry Process Paper - FINAL_47.pdf http://www.quest.co.uk/filedownload.php?fileId=47

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16/06/2007 13:41:00


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