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 ™.

2 responses so far
  • Glenn // September 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I remember a couple of years ago when the league did bend the rules for us (Pompey) to sell Benjani to Man City well after the deadline! And I would love to see the paperwork that proves VDV and Arshavin signed before 6pm deadlines.

    Why not just let the media into the FA fax machine room and we can film all the paper work coming through in real time.

    It is right that any deal after 6pm shouldn’t be allowed as that is the rules, but it should be the same for everyone. Why did it take them a week to say that the deal couldn’t go through!

  • shay // September 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    The deadline should be midnite. And if the fax machine is broken why don’t they just use email?

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