A letter from The Portsmouth Trust, on behalf of Pompey fans, was sent to premier league chief Richard Scudamore over the weekend to ask for immediate help with the situation at Pompey – or at least for them to have a CLOSE look at it, given that many of us now suspect that we have people ‘running’ the club that should not be doing so!
Below is this letter, which I am now able to share, along with an attachment of recent events that went with it…
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Richard Scudamore Esq
30 Gloucester Place
30 January 2010
Dear Mr Scudamore
Portsmouth FC – Current Situation
We are writing to you on behalf of the recently established Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust. We believe that our football club, established 112 years ago in 1898, is in serious danger of liquidation. The loss of such a beloved local institution would be for us all a betrayal of generations of loyal supporters and the community which it represents. It could also cause grave damage to the game in this country.
As I’m sure you’ll understand, as fans we feel helpless. We have no way of intervening to change events for the better – events I’m sure are now only too familiar to you too (we have enclosed a summary of what we believe to be the most pressing and serious issues). It must also be extraordinarily frustrating given the minefield you would have to enter if you are to directly address the problem.
However, we ask you to consider taking direct action, and believe that you can using your powers – either under the Premier League’s fit and proper person test or under the powers to intervene and run a Club that we understand the Premier League introduced in October last year. It was reported in The Independent newspaper on 2 October 2009 in a story written by Sam Wallace that, “Now, under rules introduced this month which allow the league to seize control of a club’s finances, the Premier League is ready to take over at Portsmouth to stop them slipping into administration. No club in the Premier League has yet gone into administration and the board at Portsmouth, who have lost their first seven games this season, still hopes the situation can be rescued.“
Although it would not be an easy move for The Premier League to intervene in such a way – and normally the last thing we would want would be for The League to run Portsmouth Football Club – if your intervention secures the Club for another 112 years, it would be a small price to pay.
What you decide as a League now will change the course of events currently being played out on the South Coast. Only you have the power to shape events towards the goal we all share – a stable future for our club.
If you would like to discuss this letter or the attached summary, please feel free to ring me on ***** ****** or ***********.
Ken Malley, STEERING GROUP, POMPEY (PORTSMOUTH) SUPPORTERS’ TRUST
SUMMARY – CURRENT SITUATION AT PORTSMOUTH FC
As an aside we are unclear what nationality(ies) Mr Azougy holds, but assuming he is an Israeli national and is not a dual national of a European Union/European Economic Area member state or Switzerland then he would require a work permit to legally work in the UK. The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 requires all employers to check the original documents of non EU/EEA and Swiss citizens to ensure that they have the necessary work permit to be employed in the UK. To knowingly employ a person over the age of sixteen who is subject to immigration control and who does not have a work permit is a criminal offence. To do so unknowingly is a civil offence.
We also have what we believe to be reliable reports of creditors effectively camping out in the reception area at Fratton Park seeking payment of overdue bills.
This letter itself did NOT bring any reply.
Although following a planned protest at premier league HQ this has got the premier league into action and they will be meeting with a delegation of fans, more on this to follow…