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Yeah - I think it would be different for Pompey if they weren't Pompey. But on the other hand, they didn't apply for a European License within the time frame required, and now they want special dispensation. Difficult - what they are asking for is special consideration after the fact that they screwed up - so it is really once again on the incompetence of their management.
The Begovic issue is clear. If we paid a million, with the intent of helping the club out (and of course getting a decent back up), then they sold the player to another club for more money, damn right they owe us a million. Their behavior in this issue is wrong on simply so many levels - never mind the question of agents etc. they should repay the money that was given them under the agreement. Uncovering this behavior to my mind, has diminished my opinion of the club.
I think that Pompey have had a bit of a raw deal - I'm not too fussed about Storrie. But imagine if you were one of their fans and just found that you hadn't registered for European football - the TV money alone would have helped next season, let alone the gate money. I never knew before this, that you had to register. Sounds like a nonsense - why doesn't the FA auto register all the teams in the Prem? Presumably there must be a financial reason why Pompey didn't.
To me the Begovic thing is clear cut - but all this speculation and dross could simply be stopped if the FA controlled it. To my mind the FA should know exactly what payments are due for which players - that is crucial and would also stop the nonsenses like the Tevez case. Especially if Pompey are the first of many clubs that go the same way.
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Two different issues to my mind.
I don't beleive any right minded person would suggest that having renaged on the deal we should let them off the million they had off of us under false pretences. OK if they got a better deal i.e. 3 mill instead of 1 mill then great for them BUT that means they should pay us back and still make an extra mill profit.
Not registering for Europe was a big mistake and only goes to show what a real mess the club is in but its nothing to do with us or our million quid.
I feel sorry for the fans as they have been very badly let down by the management team but there is a limit to my pity and a million quid is way past it.
Arry got out at the right time didn't he!