Pompey set to hear points deduction verdict

Ashley Brown of the Portsmouth Supporters' Trust. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131047-1)
Ashley Brown of the Portsmouth Supporters' Trust. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131047-1)

Pompey could find out their points deduction fate tomorrow.

Lawyers are currently thrashing out the acquisition of the club to be able to officially hand it over to the community bid.

The Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust are desperate to complete before the final Fratton Park game of the season against Sheffield United on Saturday.

Tomorrow has been pencilled in as the date they may get the keys to the club.

In turn, they expect the Football League to confirm membership on the same day, rubber-stamping the Blues coming out of administration.

In addition, the matter of the 10-point deduction will finally be resolved, having hung over Pompey all season.

The Football League declared back in July there would be a deduction in the 2012-13 campaign.

A draft membership agreement with the Trust contains an annex which carries that stipulation in black and white.

However, the agreement will not be officially signed until the Trust have control of the club.

There are fears the Football League could alter it, though, with Pompey seeing points come off next season as they have already been relegated from League One.

Trust chairman Ashley Brown said: ‘Our understanding from our dealings with the Football League is there will be a points deduction this season.

‘We will be disappointed if that changes at this late stage.’

The truth is, however, there will be no definitive answer until the acquisition process is completed and the Football League show their hand.

And that could be tomorrow at the very earliest.