Administration the only way forward for Pompey, says MP

Guy Whittingham celebrates his goal against Bristol Rovers during the 1992-93 season

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POMPEY being in administration again is ‘disappointing’ but the only way the club can go forward, Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said after the hearing.

She is also urging HMRC to look at the club’s problems in isolation and not punish it for ‘the wider sins of football’.

Her words came after it emerged in court Pompey could be deducted up to 20 points as it is the second time the club has gone into administration in two years.

She said: ‘A lot of people will be disappointed in this [the administration] but it is the only way forward and by going into administration other opportunities will come up for investors, who would have been reluctant to buy the club with a wining-up order hanging over it.

‘Yes it’s disappointing to be here again, but don’t lose heart.

‘In my conversations with HMRC I’ve always asked them to look at our club and its situation and not bring into it the other sins of football.

‘There’s a lot of bad practice in football and a lot of tax that hasn’t been paid, but this is about our club.

HMRC have a job to get its tax and I respect that but it will help them do that if the club is viable in the Championship and can find new owners.

‘So I don’t think it was very helpful for HMRC to ask for a 20 point deduction.’