Pompey fans launch petition against Portpin return

Fratton Park. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (111408-23)
Fratton Park. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (111408-23)
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POMPEY fans against the possible return of Balram Chainrai as owner have voiced their concerns by signing a petition.

As of last night, more than 700 people had signed the No Portpin at Pompey online petition.

The petition was launched by fan Dan Lacey as Mr Chainrai and his Portpin firm look set to be granted preferred bidder status – ahead of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust – by administrators PKF.

Mr Lacey, 40, from Southsea, will send the petition to the Football League and PKF if it reaches 3,500 signatures.

He said: ‘I was looking at the possible return of Balram Chainrai and thought what could be done to voice the concerns people had.

‘There’s a lot of people with opinions about going on, but there is a voice that’s not being heard.’

Meanwhile the trust has hit out at Mr Chainrai for saying they didn’t have enough funds to launch a takeover.

Chairman Ashley Brown said: ‘Our bid is sensible, financially sustainable and viable.

‘We believe Portpin is the wrong choice for PFC.’

The trust has sent a letter to the Football League questioning Mr Chainrai’s suitability as a fit and proper owner.

The group believes he has played a part in the club’s administrations in 2010 and 2012, going against the Football League’s owners and directors’ test regulations.

Shaun Allaway, 28, from Sunlight Gardens, Fareham, has sent a letter to the football authority, which makes his feelings known as a creditor of the club’s previous administration. He is owed £2,375 by Pompey for work he produced for the club programme. He has worked out he would receive just £47.50 through the CVA agreement. In the letter, Mr Allaway says Portpin’s proposal to pay all creditors owed £2,500 from the club’s previous administration has not been fulfilled.

He said: ‘As a fan, I would love to go to Fratton Park, but as a creditor it’s a dilemma as I will be putting money into Portpin’s pockets when I’m still owed money.’

To sign the petition go to ipetitions.com/petition/no-portpin-at-pompey/