Date: 28th April 2010 at 6:01pm
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Following further comments made by Admin Andy in the media today – the guy does spend a lot of time in front of the cameras and talking to the papers doesn’t he! – regarding a place in Europe next season, well a lack of it, the FA and premier league have released a joint-statement ‘fighting back’.

As we know we did not apply by their date, even if it is not a uefa date but according to this statement even up to today we have made no effort to put in a formal application to take part next season, despite his claims that this had/was being done…

It also states that he, and the lawyers working on our behalf, were made aware of the fact that our application would be declined a couple of weeks back, not to mention various criteria not being met, again which they were aware of.

All in all it seems a lot of huff and puff has gone into this but no real action taken with ‘claims’ being made, and suggestions of not getting, help ‘perhaps’ wide of the mark – so, as previously said about the guy back along, perhaps taking what is told to us by him with a ‘pinch of salt’ is something that must be done more?

The full statement is below…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Joint Premier League and FA statement on Portsmouth FC’s UEFA Club Licence.

Following comments in the media made by Portsmouth FC’s Administrator Andrew Andronikou regarding the UEFA Club Licence, the Premier League and The FA would like to make clear the following:

  • Portsmouth FC did not meet the strict 1 March deadline for applications for a UEFA Club Licence for the 2010/11 season.

  • Portsmouth FC has, as of 28 April, not attempted to put in a formal application for a Uefa Club Licence for the 2010/11 season.

  • The FA and Premier League made Mr Andronikou’s lawyers, whom we had been asked to deal with, aware on 16 April that we would not accept a late UEFA Club Licence application from Portsmouth FC.

  • The exceptional circumstances referred to by Mr Andronikou only apply to clubs who qualify for European competition whilst they are in the Football League.

  • In any event, in order for a club to obtain a UEFA Club Licence for the 2010/11 season they need to show that as of December 2009 they had no outstanding money owed to the tax authorities or football clubs. This is manifestly not the case for Portsmouth FC.

    The Premier League and The FA are both fully committed to upholding the governance criteria set out in the UEFA Licence for all clubs looking to compete in European competition.


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