Club still aims to resolve row with credit card firms

Pompey chief executice David Lampitt

Pompey chief executice David Lampitt

Pompey last played Blackburn Rovers in April 2010, when both sides were in the Premier League. Picture: Steve Reid

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Pompey chief executice David Lampitt has promised he remains ‘1,000 per cent’ committed to reintroducing credit card payments for Pompey season tickets.

Blues fans have have been told they can only renew in the ‘early bird’ period up to April 28 by cash, cheque or through a repayment scheme run by Zebra finance.

But unless the club resolves its difference with credit card service providers, the Pompey chief executive has warned he cannot see a solution.

Card companies have imposed restrictions on Pompey which mean they will only release cash to the club on a match by match basis rather than up-front.

Mr Lampitt said: ‘We are continuing to find a suitable resolution with the credit card service provider which allows us to offer credit card facilities while not harming the financial position of the football club.

‘We have a business plan with the Football League which has been built around season ticket money coming in from March to June.

‘For all football clubs, that is a critical part of the funding through the summer because we are not playing games and there are not those income streams.

‘We cannot put ourselves in a position financially where there is a multi-million pound hole in our business plan with the Football League because the credit card companies are not releasing that money.’

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