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Portsmouth fail to meet a promise to pay players' wages


Portsmouth have again failed to meet a promise to pay players their December wages, report BBC Radio Solent.

Having promised to clear the debt on Tuesday, Pompey officials then moved the deadline back to Wednesday, but a further delay has arisen.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor is "confident" the wages will be paid by the end of the week, but warned that the long-term position needs resolving.

And Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie hinted players may now be sold.

"If the way to keep this club alive is to sell a couple of players again, we will have to do that - but it will be an owner's decision," said Storrie.

"If you do not sell, then you could well be going into administration."

Storrie also revealed that Portsmouth owner Ali al-Faraj had been unable to address Pompey's cashflow problems by organising new bank finance and bring on board new investment since his arrival in October.

"The new owners have come in almost overnight and to be fair they have put a lot of money in the club," said Storrie.

"They thought they were in a strong position to replace bank finance and bring in a major new investor that was going to come in and be involved.

"But those two things have not happened and although they are working on doing that, time is catching up with them in terms of the debts and the money that is needed to run a Premier League football side."

Storrie added that he did not believe the fans had been misled over al-Faraj's takeover.

"I think deceived is a pretty harsh word to be honest, I don't think they've been that," Storrie told BBC Radio Solent.

"The owners are working hard to find solutions and ways forward."

With the club pondering whether to sell some of their most valuable players, Pompey is considering recalling striker David Nugent from his loan spell with Burnley.

"We are thinking about this," said Pompey manager Avram Grant.

"In the next few days we will know. It depends on many things. But it could happen."

Portsmouth, who are currently banned by the Premier League from signing players, have lurched from one financial crisis to another in a troubled season as they fight to avoid relegation.

It is the third month in which the players' wages have been delayed, although the club did pay non-playing staff their December wages on Monday.


On Monday, it was also revealed that the Premier League is set to use Portsmouth's share of the latest television monies to pay off the club's debts to other top flight sides.

Chelsea, Tottenham and Watford are all owed money by Pompey and the Premier League will split £7m between them.

The action is allowed within league rules to protect clubs who are owed money from transfers.

The crisis does not look like easing in the longer term and fans are planning further protests against Al Faraj.

Meanwhile, the Premier League has confirmed that Pompey midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng cannot play for another club this season.

Fifa rules allow players to play for only two clubs in a season and the former Germany Under-21 international has featured for Spurs and Pompey this term.

The 22-year-old Ghana hopeful had been linked with Blackburn.

In another blow for Pompey, the club will not be able to extend Jamie O'Hara's loan.

The midfielder had been due to return to Tottenham on 15 January, and with an embargo in place, Pompey cannot re-register him with the Premier League.

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