LONDON – Debt-laden Portsmouth will face a further 10-point deduction when they kick off next season in the third tier of English soccer, the Football League stated on Thursday.
Portsmouth were relegated from the championship (second division) at the end of last season after going into administration and being docked 10 points.
Administrators are trying to complete a sale of the south coast club, who were in the Premier League as recently as 2010 and have total debts of nearly 60 million pounds.
The new owners will also have to face a series of restrictions on playing budgets and borrowing for the next five seasons as a condition for gaining a place in the league.
Former owner Balram Chainrai and fans’ group the Pompey Supporters Trust are both potential purchasers of the club.
Administrator Trevor Birch criticised the decision to impose a fresh penalty while he is trying to finalise a deal.
“I think most people would concur that the 10-point deduction imposed last season was sufficient, particularly as it played a large part in the club’s relegation to League One,” he said.
The Scottish Football League will on Friday decide what to do about former champions Rangers who have been excluded from the Scottish Premier League after going into administration.
Under new owners, Rangers could have to begin life in the fourth tier of the Scottish game.
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