A Dramatic Day Of Ups & Downs For The Supporters Of Portsmouth FC

Football has a cruel way of heaping cruel irony upon cruel irony. Just two days ago, Supporters Direct hosted an event at the Houses of Parliament to lobby for the recommendations of the Select Committee for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) into football governance to be fully realised. This followed the publication of the second report of the Select Committee, which, following absolute inertia from the game’s governing bodies following publication of the first report last year, warned all concerned that, “unless there has been clear progress in all the areas we highlight below within 12 months, the Government introduce legislation as soon as practicable.” Over seventy MPs, covering each of the three main political parties, attended the event, with many members commenting publicly on the importance of this report being seen to its logical conclusion. Exactly why this so urgent could not have been thrown into a clearer light than the goings-on at Portsmouth Football Club today. Last night, it began to emerge that another consortium was bidding against the Portsmouth Supporters Trust (PST) for ownership of the club, and it is a consortium the constitution of which is almost shameless in its capacity to raises the eyebrows of anybody that knows much about the recent history of Portsmouth Football Club. Leading the consortium was Keith Harris, possibly best known in the public domain as...

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