Pompey fans set to protest against Football League

PROTEST Pompey fans at Fratton Park
PROTEST Pompey fans at Fratton Park
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FANS’ campaign group SOS Pompey could be joined by supporters of other clubs as they spearhead a demonstration against the Football League.

Brendon Bone, of SOS Pompey, confirmed that more than 100 Pompey fans have promised to protest against the running of the game at the association’s London offices before Christmas.

Portsmouth fc Chief Executive David Lampitt (R) leaving a meeting this lunch-time with members of Pompey Supporters Trust before the game with Coventry City today.'The meeting was held to keep supporters informed of events following the arrest of club c0oowner Vladamir Antonov and his business CSI entering administration.

Portsmouth fc Chief Executive David Lampitt (R) leaving a meeting this lunch-time with members of Pompey Supporters Trust before the game with Coventry City today.'The meeting was held to keep supporters informed of events following the arrest of club c0oowner Vladamir Antonov and his business CSI entering administration.

He also revealed that fans of Brighton, Liverpool and teams in League One and Two have expressed their interest in taking part.

‘The likelihood of a protest is very high,’ he said. ‘The feeling among SOS Pompey and other fans is that we don’t want to miss an opportunity that has been presented to us.

‘It’s more of a protest against the Football League and the FA for the running of the game.

‘We have had promises from upwards of 100 fans so far and we are looking at the protest taking place on a weekday, so people will have to give up a day’s work to attend.

‘If we can get fans of other teams involved, hopefully the numbers will swell.’

Mr Bone said he could not confirm the date of the protest as the Metropolitan Police require seven days’ notice before demonstrations take place.

Pompey chief executive David Lampitt attended a fans’ conference at Fratton Park on Saturday to listen to supporters after the club’s parent company, Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI), was placed into administration.

Mr Bone added: ‘Mr Lampitt always gives fans the time of day and the staff at the club have done nothing but miracles in keeping it going recently – it’s a kick in the teeth for all the hard work they have done behind the scenes.’

CSI was placed into administration at the end of November, leaving Pompey looking for their sixth owner in just over two years.

Administrator Andrew Andronikou, of UHY Hacker Young, said Pompey needs to find a new owner by ‘January or February next year’.

Vladimir Antonov, the club’s former chairman and CSI co-owner, appeared before an extradition hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court over an alleged £250m fraud at Snoras bank in Lithuania. He was released on bail and is due back in court next Friday.