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Portsmouth reported by Udinese over Sulley Muntari deal

Sulley Muntari
Muntari signed for Inter Milan for 12.7m in 2008

Portsmouth have been reported to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) by Udinese over money the Italian club say they are owed for Sulley Muntari.

Muntari joined Portsmouth from Udinese for £7m in May 2007 before switching to Inter Milan in 2008 for £12.7m.

Udinese say that Pompey have yet to pay the full amount, with reports suggesting they still owe £3.5m.

But Pompey director Mark Jacob said on Monday that the club were close to finalising an agreement.

"We have now paid off the three UK clubs," said Jacob.

"We have agreed with Rennes and Lens (two other clubs owed money by Portsmouth) to accept certain payments now, and then defer a schedule of payments going forward.

"We are in the process of finalising an agreement with Udinese."

Beleaguered Pompey have been barred from signing new players as they still owe money to clubs for previous transfers.

The Premier League banned the club from operating in the transfer market and has redistributed the club's £7m share of the latest TV income to debtors, although Pompey have written to the Premier League demanding that the embargo be lifted.

The much-publicised financial problems at Fratton Park have showed little sign of abating in recent weeks, with fresh bad news hitting the club on an almost daily basis.

Former Pompey defender Sol Campbell served a writ on the club for £1.7m in unpaid image rights and bonus payments.

The financial situation at the club appears precarious with the board preparing to appeal against a winding up petition from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs following a High Court judge's ruling.

The south-coast club argued the VAT part of its tax bill was too high, but Mr Justice Newey dismissed the claim and the hearing is expected to go ahead on 10 February. Nevertheless, Pompey insist they are confident that they can overturn the ruling.

Portsmouth's staff and players have also been hit by the club's financial problems with salaries failing to be paid on time three times this season.



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see also
Portsmouth face Campbell lawsuit
20 Jan 10 |  Portsmouth
Storrie in court over tax charge
20 Jan 10 |  Hampshire
Portsmouth threaten arbitration
18 Jan 10 |  Portsmouth
Portsmouth tax appeal dismissed
19 Jan 10 |  Business
Pompey 'working hard' to pay debt
15 Jan 10 |  Portsmouth
Muntari wraps up switch to Inter
28 Jul 08 |  Europe
Portsmouth seal Muntari signing
30 May 07 |  Portsmouth


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