Portpin comeback? It’s a no for 2,700 fans...

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THOUSANDS of Pompey fans have signed an online petition calling on the football authorities to stop Portpin reclaiming the club.

Fan Dan Lacey launched the No Portpin at Pompey petition last week and has generated more than 2,700 signatures.

He has sent the list on to the Football League and Pompey administrators PKF to show how some supporters feel about the return of Balram Chainrai as owner.

Mr Lacey said he has yet to receive a response from the Football League but the petition was acknowledged by PKF. He said: ‘I am very pleased with the response it’s had.

‘There are people who are genuinely concerned – they are coming round to the issue.

‘If it makes people stop and think so much the better, whether that’s the Football League or the administrators.’

It comes as David Rubin and Partners, the administrators for Miland Development 2004 Ltd, which owns the land surrounding Fratton Park, played down claims the land had been bought by Portco – one of the parties interested in taking over the club.

Terry Pritchard, who is part of Portco, wrote in a blog post that the land had been bought ‘using investors’ cash’.

He later updated the post to say the post was written in ‘advance of the bid being accepted’.

Mr Pritchard told The News: ‘My opinion is that they made a very sensible bid and have the funds to complete it.

‘I would have thought that would give us a favourable place but it’s all down to Mr Birch.’

Glyn Middleton from David Rubin and Partners said ‘It’s not true – there has been no sale.

‘We were appointed as administrators a few months ago and there have been negotiations going on for some time now.’

Meanwhile, The News understands Portpin representatives met the Football League this week to discuss their bid.

A source close to Portpin said conversations were ‘positive’ but no decision has been taken.

A PKF spokesman said: ‘As part of our ongoing assessment of both bids we are currently talking to the Football League about Portpin.’

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