Portsmouth claim Spurs got special treatment on deadline day after Lawrence deal fails
Club feel van der Vaart transfer was unfairly given priority
Portsmouth administrator Andrew Androniku reckons Tottenham Hotspur were given favourable treatment over their last-minute Rafael van der Vaart deal, after the south coast club’s similarly tardy paperwork for Liam Lawrence was rejected by the Football League.
Lawrence was supposed to join Pompey as part of the deal that saw Marc Wilson go the other way, but the league claimed the required documents were received after the 6pm deadline and vetoed the move.
Androniku believes, were Portsmouth big name Premier League club, the transfer would have been pushed through. He sobbed to Portsmouth Today:
Admittedly, the deal happened a little later than we would have liked as the player was training with the Republic of Ireland squad. We haven’t even had a chance to give him a medical yet. But it was sorted before 6pm, I can tell you.
Unfortunately, we are not Tottenham Hotspur and are not allowed to have this issue sorted the next day as they did with Rafael van der Vaart. This sort of thing will only happen to us. There is proper brinkmanship going on just because we are Portsmouth Football Club.
Shots fired! Androniku has a case, though. It’s not impossible to imagine top flight officials bending the rules ever so slightly in order to add another top European name to The Greatest League In The World ™.