Pompey court hearing date announced

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POMPEY administrators PKF will meet the club’s former owners Portpin in the High Court on either April 10 or 11, it has been announced.

The long-delayed hearing could give a final green light for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust (PST) to buy the club out of administration.

The hearing is all about working out the value of Fratton Park.

Portpin holds a charge over the ground, meaning it has a legal right over its future.

It is asking any group wishing to purchase the club to hand over around £9m for the ground – but the PST says it is worth far less and has offered £2.75m for it.

Now it will be up to a judge to decide how much the ground is worth.

A spokesman for PKF said: ‘As is often the case in such situations, we are unlikely to get confirmation of the exact date from the court until a few days prior to the hearing.’

There have been a series of delays since the hearings were due to begin in December.

Firstly property developer Stuart Robinson had issues over a deal to buy the ground out of his own pocket, and then the Professional Footballers’ Association removed its approval from the PST bid as the terms of that bid had changed.

However, now the PST are buying Fratton Park out of its own funds, Mr Robinson has completed a purchase of vital land surrounding the club that used to belong to Sacha Gaydamak, and the PFA has once again put its backing behind the PST.