Former Pompey owners call for clarity

First published in Football League

Former Portsmouth owners Portpin have called on the Football League to clarify their position on considering new bids for the club after it was claimed there was "some ambiguity" over their stance.

The Football League originally claimed they would not consider any offers other than the one on the table from the Portsmouth Supporters' Trust.

The PST's takeover is dependent on them gaining control of Fratton Park, which is owned by Portpin, and the two parties are unable to agree on a fee for the ground. The valuation is set to be determined in a High Court hearing before an April 19 deadline.

A rival bid from football financier Keith Harris was rejected by the Football League, but the club's administrators PKF claimed there was a possible softening of their stance that they would not consider any other bid.

Portpin claim that Harris' bid would see them receive £6.3million for Fratton Park, as opposed to the £3m that is currently being offered by the PST.

And Balram Chainrai's company want public clarification on the Football League's position, believing they have a right to listen to every offer that comes in for the club.

A spokesperson from Portpin said: "We have made clear that we are agnostic as to the source of the solution for Portsmouth Football Club and welcome whichever bid offers both the best deal for the creditors of the club and provides the highest degree of certainty for the supporters in bringing Portsmouth out of administration.

"There are now at least two offers for the club, one from the Supporters Trust and one from a consortium which includes Keith Harris, and legally they must both be considered on their merit.

"After more than a year of uncertainty, this process must be brought to a close.

"We are today calling on Greg Clarke, Chairman of the Football League, to commit publicly to the Football League reviewing any bid that is put to it for approval by the administrators.

"If Mr Clarke fails to provide everyone with the certainty that is needed on this issue, the Football League will have no option but to accept its share of the responsibility for the damage that could be caused to Portsmouth Football Club, its creditors and the other members of the Football League which may not end up recouping any of the money owed."

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5:34pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Micle1974 says...

shut them down and use their football ground as a grey hound race track, much more entertaining than watching pfc
shut them down and use their football ground as a grey hound race track, much more entertaining than watching pfc Micle1974
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6:50pm Fri 22 Feb 13

bluewhiteandred says...

portpin gave harris 6 million to give to himself like he did with al faraj previous .
Sadly no football clubs are safe with these people and Harris has had dealings with Cortesse thats a fact !
so Saints are at risk in the future also;.
portpin gave harris 6 million to give to himself like he did with al faraj previous . Sadly no football clubs are safe with these people and Harris has had dealings with Cortesse thats a fact ! so Saints are at risk in the future also;. bluewhiteandred
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8:37pm Fri 22 Feb 13

apm1954 says...

fratton tesco one hell of a fish counter
fratton tesco one hell of a fish counter apm1954
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8:57pm Fri 22 Feb 13

apm1954 says...

tesco fratton one hell of a fish counter
tesco fratton one hell of a fish counter apm1954
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9:57pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Exiled Saint - front line eastern outpost of Gosport says...

That only sells "old battered skate"
That only sells "old battered skate" Exiled Saint - front line eastern outpost of Gosport
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8:28am Sun 24 Feb 13

Newsy1 says...

A friend has just told me that Portsmouth FC is due to merge with Waterlooville FC.
The new club will be called Portalooville FC.
A friend has just told me that Portsmouth FC is due to merge with Waterlooville FC. The new club will be called Portalooville FC. Newsy1
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