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Portsmouth face Premier League fine for breaching rules

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Portsmouth's players have been paid late several times

Cash-strapped Portsmouth could face a fine from the Premier League for breaching rules and regulations over the course of the season.

Officials are in discussion with Pompey about offences including the late payment of wages and transfer fees.

Any fine, which could be up to £1m, will be taken from the south-coast club's share of TV revenue.

Pompey were deducted nine points last week after becoming the first Premier League club to enter administration.

They have debts of about £65m and are now 11 points adrift at the foot of the table and 14 behind fourth from bottom West Ham.

The club have been late paying wages to players and staff several times this season.

The Premier League recently withheld £2m of transfer payments and a £7m slice of television revenue to divert to Chelsea and Watford respectively for the signings of Glen Johnson and Tommy Smith.

On Sunday, the club revealed that on-loan striker Aruna Dindane was left out of their side for the home win over Hull the previous day as it would have cost them £4m to play him.

Pompey could not afford the fee, stipulated in the player's contract by his parent club Lens, should he play another game.

Property tycoon Rob Lloyd, meanwhile, told BBC Sport he is representing an unnamed UK businessman, who is considering buying the club.

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