Pompey fans to launch protest after league meeting

111997-312_HO_ASTHMA_DAD_SR_1/6/11'Bob Beech who has pledged his support to Asthma UK campaign for higher standards of care for sufferers in Britain, after losing his daughter to the condition in 2009.''Picture:Steve Reid 111997-312
111997-312_HO_ASTHMA_DAD_SR_1/6/11'Bob Beech who has pledged his support to Asthma UK campaign for higher standards of care for sufferers in Britain, after losing his daughter to the condition in 2009.''Picture:Steve Reid 111997-312
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Blues fans are to launch a protest against the Football League despite meeting with officials yesterday.

A delegation of four Pompey supporters held a 90-minute conference call with prominent League members.

The quartet comprised of Pompey Supporters’ Trust chairman Ashley Brown, Bob Beech from SOS Pompey, Ken Malley from the Football Supporters Federation and website columnist Mike Hall.

They had been invited to talk to League officials in their bid to discover why former Pompey chairman Vladimir Antonov was allowed to pass the fit and proper persons test.

Convers Sports Initiatives’ joint-owner Antonov is presently accused of fraud in a money-laundering investigation in Lithuania.

During talks, the Pompey delegation were told it was Antonov’s Snoras Bank which provided proof of finances for CSI during their takeover.

However, SOS Pompey have insisted they were disappointed with responses to their questions.

And they have called on Blues fans to join a future protest against the League.

A statement read: ‘SOS Pompey still maintains the Football League is culpable in the current difficult situation our club finds itself in.

‘The football regulating bodies in England have a duty of care to its clubs and supporters to ensure that all owners and executives are fit and proper to do so.

‘The Football League has claimed that it does not have resources to investigate potential buyers, nor to defend a more sophisticated ownership test.

‘In the multi-billion pound game that our sport has become, fans must demand better.

‘Plans are now under way for a demonstration open to all fans to let the Football League know our feelings.’