QUESTIONS were being raised last night about how Vladimir Antonov of Convers Sports Initiatives passed the Football League’s Fit and Proper Persons Test to become Pompey’s owner.
Fans who are facing uncertain times at Fratton Park once again are frustrated with the succession of false starts the club has had in recent years.
The club’s supporters’ trust, which was set up during the financial meltdown in 2010, has released a statement urging fans to take matters into their own hands.
The Pompey Trust statement said: ‘The news that CSI have been placed into administration is very dangerous news for Portsmouth Football Club.
‘We will say that now is the time for Pompey fans to take our club back. Enough is enough.’
Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock said: ‘I am so disappointed for the fans, for the city and for the players.
‘It is a complete and utter disaster. A club’s reputation with doing deals is going to be completely shot. How can we survive another financial kerfuffle? As a supporter, I feel badly let down by the people who run football. This guy was supposed to be a fit and proper person to run a football club – how did he pass the test? A lot of questions are unanswered.’
The Football League would not comment on Pompey yesterday, only that it is ‘monitoring the situation’.
It’s thought Pompey are unlikely to face a points deduction as it will be stressed to the Football League board that CSI’s administration is not linked to mismanagement or overspending at the club.
Officials will be watching closely, however, to be sure the club isn’t able to write off or move any of its previous debt because of CSI’s administration.