UEFA say Pompey haven't missed their Euro deadline
By Site reporter
Tuesday 13 Apr 2010 13:22:00
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UEFA say they have no objection to Pompey playing in Europe next season – but the question of whether they can lies with the Premier League and the FA.

Pompey missed an earlier to deadline to register for Europe with the football authorities in this country, but UEFA says it does not need details of clubs who wish to take part in European competition until May 31.

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Pompey’s FA Cup final place means they have ‘qualified’ to play in Europe – even if they were to lose the cup final, Chelsea are already guaranteed a spot in Europe so Pompey would go into the Europa League as the losers.

But the powers-that-be here may rule that Pompey are simply too late to apply. They didn’t register earlier because they were in the middle of fending off a winding-up order and going into administration, although it is not clear exactly when they should have forwarded their application.

Administrator Andrew Andronikou told The News: 'We are looking at the situation with the Europa League at the moment. We hadn't made an application previously because we didn't get our accounts filed.

'We are going to do our best to get the club into Europe. We're not sure if it's going to be possible, unfortunately because of the position of not having audited accounts.

'It's a situation where the club had other priorities at the time, but it is now something we are looking at and we hope to have some movement on that in the next couple of weeks.'

Uefa said: 'It's up to the FA and the Premier League whether to let Portsmouth reapply. The whole licensing process is first dealt with internally before it is sent to us by our May 31 deadline.

'Our goal is to have teams playing football and taking part in the competition. We would have no objections to Portsmouth as long as they can fulfil the criteria.'

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