Sunday 19 January 2020

Pompey in sorry state

WHILE Portsmouth attempt to raise the money to pay a tax bill of more than £12m and remain in business, the fallout affects individuals, companies and at least one local charity owed money by the club, WRITES Nick Szczepanik.

Some creditors have joined Revenue & Customs in filing winding-up petitions, but others, many of whom are supporters, are simply waiting in the hope that they get to see even a fraction of what they are entitled to.

Terry Clark, a local builder, is owed tens of thousands of pounds.

"I've got the same problem as the Revenue," he said. "They owe me money and it doesn't look as if I'm going to get it.

"At the beginning of the season, the Premier League said they had to increase the size of the dressing-rooms, so we did all that, and then we had to build a new toilet block in the lounges and put some fire staircases in. Last July, this was -- and I still haven't been paid."

However, Clark does not believe that the club are entirely responsible. " The Premier League have a fit-and-proper persons test, but they have let a fraudster in. If they can hold back (TV and transfer) money to pay off debts to other clubs, then they should be ensuring that the likes of us get paid."

Meanwhile, Pompey manager Avram Grant has been charged with improper conduct by the FA over his remarks to Kevin Friend, the referee, during the 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland on Tuesday. (© The Times, London)

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