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The Premier League? More like Premier Inn!

Pompey are in a mess. You know it, I know it. Even the people I swear never liked football seem to have an opinion on it! But all the while the fans, media and PFA are publicly condemning the reckless management of what still remains of the Pride of Hampshire, Richard Scudamore and the Premier League sit relieved in their offices planning when next to try and convince us that the best league in the world needs a 39th fixture.

Scudamore breathes a sigh of relief. He still can't believe he got away with the Tevez saga. Sure, West Ham and Kia Joorabchian must take the lion's share of the blame for fielding what was essentially an illegitimate player, but where was the Premier League's best man when the paperwork was ratified? I mean isn't the role of the Premier League to govern the competition? To ensure that all clubs and players compete in a ! fair and regulated environment?

Cue Thaksin Shinawatra (Sinatra to friends). His over-seas exploits brought pressure onto the PL to modernise and tighten it's 'fit and proper persons test'. This was to stop an influx of wannabe celebrities who had no money, crooked businessmen who know a good deal on weapons when they see one, and people who have no interest in the game. Bearing in mind that no fan could safely say that none of these apply to our last 3 incarnations of owner, I start to wonder what this test actually entailed? And for that matter, how far Robert Mugabe, Bin Laden and Kerry Katona would of got before being told, 'we need more evidence of your intentions'.

But maybe us, the fans, are the problem? We're of an ilk that still believes when someone says something they'll do it. Like when we roar 'Portsmouth till I die', you look around and know that to be the case. Like our stadium, we are out of date, but in the same nostalgic way that doesn't let modern football forget where it came from.

So whether we have to endure this crap for another few years, or we mark the foundations of the post-administration 'Portsmouth Football Club', know this: We DO play in a league run by donkeys. We WILL lose managers who claim this is their "spiritual home". We'll ALWAYS offer employment to the disillusioned that call themselves "doctor", "prince" and "extremely wealthy Saudi Arabian". But at least we are not SCUMMERS.

Play Up Pompey

Written by frattonchorus.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.

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Date:Wednesday January 6 2010

Time: 6:35PM

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Good piece Chorus!, and welcome by the way.
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06/01/2010 18:47:00

Well said Sir ! Welcome FrattonChorus. PUP
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06/01/2010 20:11:00

I must admit i prefer to concentrate on pompey as opposed to the other lot down the road whome we may well be playing again next year; welcome.
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06/01/2010 20:31:00

our monday player payment commitment was missed, our tuesday player payment commitment was missed, and now our wedenesday player payment commitment was missed and the deadline has been put back until tomorrow !
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06/01/2010 20:34:00

Yeah...good article Chorus. The Premier League...Fit and Proper my a*se. They are as much to blame for Pompey's predicament as the assorted ragbag of crooks and chance-rs who've attached themselves to the club.
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06/01/2010 21:07:00

When money becomes the sole reason for an activity, those seeking to benefit financially will f0cx it up in some or many ways. Still Portsmouth til I die - Blue Square Premier or ar$e run Premier, it doesn't matter. Just keep the club playing, that's all - everything else is negotiable.
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06/01/2010 22:32:00

When money becomes the sole reason for an activity, those seeking to benefit financially will f0cx it up in some or many ways. Still Portsmouth til I die - Blue Square Premier or ar$e run Premier, it doesn't matter. Just keep the club playing, that's all - everything else is negotiable.
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06/01/2010 23:08:00

But then those of you with long memories will know that.
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06/01/2010 23:09:00

Well said Et_tu .. and some of those going through this saga will be saying the same when the cycle returns in 15-20 years time again.. been there done it .. we'll survive .. move on .. Welcome Frattonchorus .. whatever happens I'm just content to have been born within a PO postcode - PTID .. Is there anohter way ?
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07/01/2010 08:35:00

Good Read. The Premier League i dont think take clubs like us serious anough. All they care about is the so called 'big four' Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal & Liverpool. Those four clubs are like there babys who represent the Premier League around the world.
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07/01/2010 09:59:00

Its like the ad on the big screen at football before the match. The one that starts 'I pledge myself to the premier league'. No I bloody don't. I pledge myself to Portsmouth Football Club, whatever division they're in and whatever you call it. PTID.
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07/01/2010 16:22:00

Ok where to start, firstly richard scudamore is one of the highest pressure jobs in the game so to villainise him like this is highly unfair. Everyone knows that mr Kia Joorbichan is 100% guilty for the Tevez affair. And why should the burden be put on him to check the quality of each owner. Obviously whoever is closely related to the club and in a high position of power would want the best for their club. So why after an extremely extensive checking period by pompey, seemed about 2 months, did these guys at pompey accept that the dr should take over the club when they saw no evidence whatsoever of any money? And more importantly, when they do discover that he was skint do they go moaning about scudamore, the hero in this piece. And as for Pompey till I die, I see more passion from Wolves fans. You want to take some tips from us Saints!
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