Letter aims to restore Pompey’s lost points

PLEA The leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson
PLEA The leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson

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THE leader of Portsmouth City Council has written to a football authority asking it not to dock Pompey a further 10 points.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson sent the message to Greg Clarke, chairman of the Football League yesterday.

Last season Portsmouth Football Club lost 10 points after it went into administration in February.

It meant the team was relegated from the Championship, and will be playing their first match in League One in August.

But then it was announced the league has docked an additional 10 points, meaning Pompey will start bottom of the table.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson’s letter states: ‘My concern is that this does not have the appearance of natural justice and that the football club are being penalised twice for the same crime.

‘One of the aims of sport is to encourage ambition and for youngsters growing up to understand about fair play.

‘The decision of the Football League in relation to Portsmouth seems to penalise their ambition and to punish twice for the same action, something that no one could view as fair. I would therefore ask the Football League to reconsider their decision on the issue of points deduction.’

Pompey were docked a further 10 points for failing to pay creditors from their previous times in administration.