Portsmouth suffer a similar fate to Kettering

Jul 12th, 2012

Pompey’s administrator Trevor Birch promptly issued a statement branding the League’s decision “very harsh” and hopes it can be reversed. He said: “We are extremely disappointed that the Football League has decided to impose yet another penalty on the club.

I think most people would agree that the 10-point deduction imposed last season was sufficient, particularly as it played a huge part in the club’s relegation to League One. The fans, players and staff have suffered enough for something for which they weren’t responsible. We feel it is unjustified for the club to be punished further. We’ve made it clear to the League that Portsmouth needs all the help it can get at the moment, which makes today’s decision very harsh.

While I agree that it’s kicking you while you are down (for both Pompey and Poppies) to start the season on minus ten points, at least Portsmouth didn’t have to drop two leagues!